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Red, White & BOOM! And Charity Day 5K Partnering to Help Local Nonprofits Raise Funds
By NBC4 Staff Published: April 4, 2017, 11:04 am

COLUMBUS, OH — Red, White & BOOM!, Central Ohio’s signature fireworks celebration, and Charity Day 5K, a unique fundraising concept for local nonprofits announced today a joint venture to help local charities raise funds.

On Sunday, July 2, 2017 runners and walkers will take to the streets of downtown Columbus, Ohio for the 2nd Annual Charity Day 5K! The run/walk will be the first event of two days of Red, White & BOOM! festivities starting at 5pm followed by an all new post-race party hosted by Red, White & Boom! The parade, street festival, and fireworks take place the following day on July 3rd.

By co-producing the event, Red, White & BOOM! and Charity Day 5K will create a 5K experience unlike any other. With an exciting start and fun post race party, each local nonprofit, no matter how big or small, has a perfect venue to raise money and increase their audience. Participants get an incredible event experience while utilizing areas of downtown Columbus already permitted by Red, White & BOOM!

“The mission of the Charity Day 5K is to combine expenses individual charities incur to organize independent 5Ks. Charities can register with us, raise money, and receive a significantly higher percentage of every entry fee, than they would have organizing events independently,” said Brian Ditty, Executive Director of Charity Day 5K.

“As a nonprofit, Red, White & BOOM! recognizes the financial impact of organizing events. We see this partnership as a wonderful way to give back to our colleagues and the community, by allowing Charity Day 5K to utilize our already closed streets and extend our event into a second day,” said Brandon Crowe, Director of Operations for Red, White & BOOM!

This is a collaborative fundraising effort of charitable organizations running on the same course, while fundraising for their specific charitable organization. The online registration system allows each participant to choose their beneficiary.

For more information, register as a nonprofit or participate visit

A few new twists added for Red, White & Boom
By Eric Lagatta The Columbus Dispatch

5K race

For the first time, Boom festivities will expand to two days with the addition of a Charity Day 5K Race.

On Sunday afternoon, about 450 runners are expected to depart from Spring Street just east of Neil Avenue to complete a 3-mile loop around Long Street, Civic Center Drive, Broad Street and the Scioto Mile before ending at North Bank Park.

Runners can choose one of about 20 charitable organizations to which they can contribute half of their registration fee, said Verhoff.

Brian Ditty, who has a background in organizing running events, founded the 5K last year after noticing the skyrocketing expense for a single organization to host a charity run.

As an alternative, he envisioned a collaborative event among multiple groups to defray the costs.

This year, the 5K partnered with Boom after last year’s inaugural race drew 17 charities and fewer than 300 runners.

“By bringing all those groups together, it’s going to allow them to reach more people,” said Ditty, the race director. “This event really is built around the groups that are involved, and we want them to raise as much money as possible.”