VERNON TOWNSHIP — A Clinton County Park District nature preserve was an exchange point in a weekend relay run from Cincinnati to Columbus sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Called the C2C Run (Cincinnati to Columbus Run), the two-day 139-miles relay run involved C2C Relay Run teams of eight runners each, with the goal of encouraging citizens to support cancer research and treatment.
Teams used the Clinton County Park District’s Dr. Nathan Hale Woods & Preserve, 2979 Clarksville Road, for support and exchange runners. The exchange point at the nature preserve offered rest, porta-potty and food to the runners.
There were three other places in Clinton County where C2C Run exchange points were located.
The runners and support cars had flashing lights to protect runners.
Teams commit to raise a minimum of $2,500 to participate. According to c2crun.org the top team named “Forrest Gump Team 1” raised $14,424. Overall, the activity raised $127,737.
“All families and communities have been touched by cancer, so please support the research of the American Cancer Society,” said a Clinton County Park District official.
According to the Clinton County website, the Dr. Nathan Hale Woods & Preserve includes 60 acres of corridor along Cowan Creek with a parking lot, information display, three benches, and 1.25 miles of hiking trail along the scenic Cowan Creek.
It was identified by the Ohio Biological Survey conducted in July 1955 and again in July 1978 as the most unique area of Clinton County, the website states.
The Dr. Nathan Hale Woods & Preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk.