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OTR 5K Celebrating 12 Years

A new route, Neighborhood Night, and Kids Race are a part of the 12th annual race in Historic Over-The-Rhine, presented by the Central Parkway YMCA


CINCINNATI — As the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood continues to grow, OTR’s oldest 5K run/walk follows suit.  The 12th annual OTR 5K will feature new elements, including a new course, highlighting some of the most recent progress in the area.

The course will have runners and walkers passing through Vine Street’s newest developments, shops and restaurants. Next, runners and walkers will ascend the hill to the historic residences of Mulberry Street to experience scenic views of the city. During the last mile, racers return to the heart of Over-The-Rhine, where the new course winds around Main Street and Sycamore Street, showcasing the newly renovated Ziegler Park and iconic Woodward Theater, before returning to the Washington Park finish line.

“This year has been one of growth and change for our neighborhood,” said Kelly Adamson, President of the Over-The-Rhine Chamber of Commerce. “We wanted to make sure runners and walkers from all around the city get a chance to see the progress our community has made, and be encouraged to explore new streets and development.”

Before race day, racers are encouraged to pick up their race packets at the Central Parkway YMCA, and check out its newly renovated facilities on Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th.

“The OTR YMCA is dedicated to helping our community build a healthy spirit, mind and body - we are thrilled to support the OTR 5K and its shared commitment to the community," said Bill Powell, Group Vice President of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. 

On Friday, May 18th from 4pm to 9pm, visitors and residents are invited to join in the first annual Neighborhood Night. Located in Washington Park, Neighborhood Night will feature multiple neighborhood tours, courtesy of Garage OTR (segways and electric bikes), Cincy Pedal Wagon and Red Bike. Additionally, Art on Vine will be on the South lawn of Washington Park.

On May 19th, there will be new opportunities for the whole family to participate.

·        Children ages six to nine: a half-mile race.

·        Children under six years old: a new quarter-mile race.

Both races are a registered event, complete with racing bib and medals, and end with a mini waffle from Taste of Belgium. Children over age nine are invited to participate in the OTR 5K with their parent or guardian.

After racers give it their all at the 5K, they’re invited to enjoy the Summer Celebration which includes live bands in the bandstand and this year’s first City Flea of the season in Washington Park.

Participants can find more information and register at www.otr5k.com


Timeline of Events



11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm – Packet Pickup at Central Parkway YMCA, located at 1100 Elm Street in Over-The-Rhine.

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Packet Pickup at Central Parkway YMCA, located at 1100 Elm Street in Over-The-Rhine.

4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. – Neighborhood Night, featuring Art on Vine and tours from Garage OTR (Segway and electric bikes), Red Bike and Cincy Pedal Wagon.



7:30 a.m. – Race Day Registration opens at Washington Park.

9:00 a.m. – OTR 5K run/walk starts.

10:30 a.m. – OTR 5K Kids Races start.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. – Summer Celebration, including 513 City Flea, and Live Entertainment from Lauren Elyse, Dawg Yawp and Buffalo Wabs.


About the OTR Chamber

The mission of the Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce is to represent our members by promoting economic vitality and fostering a socially and culturally diverse Over-the-Rhine Community. The OTR Chamber stays responsive to the needs of members and the community. Learn more at www.otrchamber.com