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Hilltop U.S.A. 5K

July 6, 2024 Directions


🌟 Welcome to the Hilltop U.S.A. 5K! 🌟

📅 Save the Date: Saturday, July 6, 2024
Join us for the longest-running race on the Hilltop and support an incredible cause.

💖 Giving Back with Every Step
Supporting Heroes: Every donation benefits the American Legion Don Gentile Post 532 Honor Guard. Together, we've raised $19,610.55 and counting!
Fueling Community Spirit: Your entry fees empower the Columbus Westside Running Club (CWRC), a vibrant, free running community. Learn more about their inspiring work at

🏅 Race Perks
For a $35 registration fee, snag a super comfy race shirt and a collector's medal celebrating the United States Coast Guard.
Shine in your age group or conquer the ruck race for top honors and the chance to win awards.

👟 Who Can Join?
Whether you're running, walking, rucking, or cheering, your presence amplifies our cause.
Open to all: seasoned athletes and first-timers alike.

For the safety and enjoyment for our participants, we kindly ask that you leave your dog at home.

💪 Looking for an Extra Challenge?

Embark on the Heavy "Ruck Run" Division at this year's Hilltop U.S.A. 5K, a true test of strength and endurance with a 35-pound rucksack or backpack.  Special awards await the top male and female finishers.
It's crucial to review the essential rules and equipment guidelines to ensure you're fully prepared for this unique challenge. 
Learn more and review the rules here:
🎉 Let’s Rally Together!
We're eager to greet you at the Hilltop U.S.A. 5K on Saturday, July 6th. Your participation enriches our community and honors our heroes.

✍️ Register Now:
Be a part of something bigger, and make a difference with us!


Additional Event Information

📦 Early Packet Pickup Options:

Across from Third Way Cafe (their old location):
🗓 Date: Friday, July 5th
🕛 Time: 12 PM - 3 PM
📍 Location: 3058 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43204

🏛 At Glenwood Methodist Church East Parking Lot:
🗓 Date: Friday, July 5th
🕓 Time: 4 PM - 6 PM
📍 Location: 2833 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, OH 43204

🌅 Race Day Pickup:

🗓 Date: Saturday, July 6th
🕓 Time: Starting at 7 AM, grab your gear and get ready to race!
📍 Location: 2833 Valleyview Dr, Columbus, OH 43204

🚗 Race Day Parking Options:

🅿️1️⃣ Boss Excavating Lot:  2737 Valleyview Drive
🅿️2️⃣ Luther B Turner Lodge:  2933 Valleyview Drive
🅿️3️⃣ Valleyview Elementary:  2989 Valleyview Drive
🅿️4️⃣ Westmoor Middle School:  3001 Valleyview Drive

Course Map:

 🏃 In-Person Race Day Timeline (Saturday, July 6th) 🏃

7:00 AM: 📦 Packet Pickup Begins
8:15 AM: 🌟 Flag-Raising Ceremony & Pre-Race Announcements
8:25 AM: ➡️ March to the Start Line
8:30 AM: 🚀 Hilltop U.S.A. Standard 5K Start
8:33 AM: 💪 Hilltop U.S.A. Ruck Race 5K Kickoff
9:30 AM: 🏆 Awards Ceremony

🥇 Top Three Overall: Male and Female champions will be recognized.
🏆 Age Categories: Top Male and Female in age groups - 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & Over.


🌐 Virtual Race Timeline (Thursday, July 4th - Sunday, July 7th) 🌐

🎗️Celebrate Independence Day weekend by completing your 5K distance from any location!
🗓️ Dates: July 4th - July 7th
✏️ How to Submit Results

The Hilltop U.S.A. 5K is part of the 2024 RUNColumbus Race Series!

A Race Series for You!

Whether you thrive on head-to-head competition or prefer chasing your next personal record, the RUNColumbus Race Series is for you. A point-based race series, RUNColumbus is for runners of all ages, backgrounds, and fitness levels.

Your Goals. Your Series.

Register for the 2024 season and complete a minimum of six races in the series to receive the commemorative Finishers award and contend for a Championship or Age Group title. Complete the entire series and earn the distinction of being named a RUNColumbus Road Race Warrior.

Your Distance. Your Schedule.

RUNColumbus gives you race options from which to customize your series based on your objectives. Select the distances and dates that align with your goals and schedule.
So, are you ready to take the RUNColumbus Race Series challenge? Find out more details at 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


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Hilltop U.S.A. 5K - Heavy "Ruck Run" Division Rules

1. Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older on race day.
  • Registration for the Heavy "Ruck Run" division must be completed by the designated deadline.
  • A waiver acknowledging the physical demands and liability must be signed by all participants.

2. Rucksack/Backpack Requirements

  • Participants are required to carry a rucksack or backpack weighing at least 35 pounds (15.88 kg) at the start.
  • The weight will be verified at the check-in station before the race. A weigh-in area will be provided.
  • Weights must be secured and safe. Weighted vests are not permitted in this division but are allowed for an extra challenge in the In-Person Standard 5K Run/Walk.
  • The contents used to meet the weight requirement cannot include items that could be collected along the course (e.g., rocks).
  • The rucksack or backpack must be worn on the back throughout the race.

3. Course

  • The race path will be clearly marked, and deviation will lead to disqualification.
  • Water stations will be along the course. Personal water supplies are recommended.
  • Trash must be disposed of properly or carried to the finish.

4. Safety and Conduct

  • Instructions from race officials and volunteers must be followed at all times.
  • The use of headphones is discouraged for safety; if necessary, keep one ear open.
  • Good sportsmanship and respect are required.
  • Non-participant assistance is not allowed.
  • Medical and race officials have the authority to pull participants from the race for safety reasons.

5. Checkpoints and Finish

  • Safety and rule compliance will be monitored at checkpoints.
  • Completion requires crossing the finish line with the rucksack/backpack, subject to a final weigh-in.
  • The focus is on completion; official times will be recorded.

6. Awards and Recognition

  • All Finishers receive a medal.
  • Special awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.
  • Results will be available on the event website within 48 hours.

7. Footwear

  • There are no specific footwear requirements for this division. Participants may wear boots, shoes, etc., as preferred.

8. Amendments to Rules

  • Organizers reserve the right to amend rules for safety or logistical reasons, with changes communicated in advance.
We look forward to a safe, challenging, and enjoyable race for all participants. Gear up for an unforgettable experience at the Hilltop U.S.A. 5K Heavy "Ruck Run" Division!


In-Person: Glenwood United Methodist Church
Virtual: Anywhere, USA


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