Hilltop U.S.A. 5K

Sat July 1 - Tue July 4 Directions RaceJoy Ready


Welcome to the Hilltop U.S.A. 5K!

Join us on Saturday, July 1, 2023, for the oldest race on the hilltop and support a great cause. This year, we will be offering both in-person and virtual options, as well as a ruck race option for those who want to add some extra challenge to their race.

All proceeds from the race will go towards the American Legion Don Gentile Post 532 Honor Guard. To date, we have raised $15,290.55 through this event, and with your participation, we hope to add even more to that total.

The registration fee for the race is just $35, and all participants will receive a super comfy race shirt, as well as a gorgeous collector medal recognizing the United States Marines.

For the in-person race, we will have age group awards for the top finishers in each age category. And for the ruck race, we will have overall awards for the top 3 male and female finishers.

So, whether you're a runner, a rucker, or just looking to support a great cause, we hope you'll join us on July 1st!

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Hilltop U.S.A. 5K!

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Additional Event Information

All participants will receive a super comfy race shirt and a fantastic custom Hilltop U.S.A. finisher medal.

Early Packet Pickup

Join us for early packet pickup at Third Way Cafe (3058 W Broad St 43204) on Friday, June 30th, from 12 PM - 3 PM. Or from 4 PM- 6 PM at Glenwood Methodist Church east parking lot (2833 Valleyview Dr. 43204) on Friday, June 30th. 

You can also pick up your gear on race morning at 7 AM.


Course Map

In-Person Race Day Timeline (Saturday, July 1st)

  • 7 AM - Hilltop U.S.A. pre-race packet pickup begins (2833 Valleyview Dr 43204)
  • 8:15 AM - Flag-raising ceremony and pre-race announcements.
  • 8:25 AM - All proceed to the start line.
  • 8:30 AM - Hilltop U.S.A. Standard 5K begins!
  • 8:33 AM - Hilltop U.S.A. Ruck Race 5K is underway!
  • 9:30 AM - Awards ceremony 

Virtual Race Timeline (Saturday, July 1st - Tuesday, July 4th)

Virtual racers have the entire Independence Day weekend (July 1st-July 4th) to complete their 5K distance from anywhere.  Virtual racers can also submit their times through the website but will not be eligible for prizes.


Prizes will be awarded to top in-person racers. Top three overall male and female, as well as the top male and female finishers in the following age categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over.

The Hilltop U.S.A. 5K is part of the 2023 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 2023 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 https://runcolumbusraceseries.com/ 

Race Contact Info

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Hilltop U.S.A. 5K.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To


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


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