Kristyn Harman Named 2016 Pump & Run Honorary Chair

Mark your calendars for October 2, 2016 and join Lifting Hopes and 10tv’s Kristyn Hartman for the seventh annual Pump & Run event to fight childhood cancer!

Lifting Hopes, an organization committed to raising hopes and funds to support families and children impacted by childhood cancer is excited to announce that Kristyn Hartman of 10tv will be the 2016 Honorary Chair for the seventh annual Lifting Hopes Pump & Run event. This year’s Pump & Run will take place on Sunday, October 2 at New Albany Elementary School. The Pump & Run portion of the event will start at 7 a.m. and the 5k will begin at 9 a.m.

Monday through Friday, you’ll see Kristyn Hartman at the anchor desk at 5, 6 and 11 o’clock on 10tv. Kristyn has called Columbus home for more than three years now and loves to give back to the community through philanthropy and service. Not only has cancer impacted the lives of many people she loves, but it also a cause that is especially close to her heart, as she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2015.

Participants at the Lifting Hopes Pump & Run event can choose to do a Pump and Run, or a standard 5k. If you are not familiar with a Pump and Run, a participant’s score will be based on a combination of how many times he/she can bench press their weight and their 5K race time. To calculate the score, an athlete will reduce their 5K run time by 30 seconds for each successful lift (maximum 30 reps for a maximum of 15 minute reduction. Participants may also just run or walk in the 5k portion of the event. Prizes are awarded for the top three male and female net times for the Pump and Run and the overall male and female 5K winners.

Registration fees for the 5K event are $25 before Oct. 4 or $30 day of the event. Fees for the Pump and Run are $35 before Oct. 4 and $40 day of the event. Lifting Hopes is all volunteer led and all proceeds go to helping local kids and families battling childhood cancer.

Help Adain!

Adain Adain Andrews is 12 years old and is battling two chronic illnesses: Dysautonomia and Neurocardiogenic Syncope. Adain and her family live in Rockford, Ohio and she needs to start seeing a specialist at the Cleveland  Clinic. Adain’s family needs a vehicle to get her there.

Our goal is to raise $7000 in order to buy a van (that can fit Adain’s wheelchair) so the Andrews family can travel to Cleveland.

We are looking for a van that is eight years old or newer with less than 100,000 miles. The sooner we can do the raise the better, as this little girl needs treatment soon as possible!  If someone wants to donate a van we can take that too and use the cash to either repair the van or for gas cards.

To make a donation, you can make a check to:
Lifting Hopes
735 Ceramic Place, Suite 120
Westerville, OH 43081

Or you can donate now by clicking the button below.

All donations are tax deductible. Consult your tax professional for more information.

The 2014 Pump and Run and 5K Results Are In!

Thanks to the OSU Women’s Rugby Club, Soar Fitness, Fleet Feet, New Albany Realty, our Honorary Chair Tina Husted and all our sponsors, volunteers and participants for making our Fifth Annual Lifting Hopes a great event. Check out race results here!

  • We hope you will donate to Chapel Hill House , this year the cabin is booked every weekend through the fall by families in Central Ohio battling cancer. Chapel Hill Needs your help more than ever. You can also make a donation the day of the event, or by sending a donation to Chapel Hill House, P.O. Box 499 Prospect, Ohio 43342.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on the race

Help us make wishes come true for children in Central Ohio with Lifting Hopes!

Thanks to our sponsors! 

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Northwoods Foundation Inaugural 5K

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On Thursday, September 4th, the Northwoods Foundation is having their inaugural 5k starting at 7pm. The event is welcome for walkers, joggers, and runners and is $25 to register. If registered by August 10th, you will receive a free t-shirt!

The Northwoods foundation raises money towards those in need within their community. They are partnering organizations with many other Columbus based non-profits such as Chapel Hill House, Local Matters, DRIVEN, Salvation Army, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

To learn more about the Northwoods Foundation click here. To register click here.

Upcoming Columbus Half Marathon and 10k/5k

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On Sunday August 10th, the Mount Carmel Columbus Half Marathon will be taking place at the Three Creeks Metro Park Sycamore Fields Area. There will be three race options: a 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The half marathon and 10k will start at 7am and the 5k will start at 7:10am. Each race is open to runners and walkers at any level of speed or experience. Participants will receive “swag bags” including a technical shirt, race number, coupons, and energy bar and beverage.

This race is recognized as a premiere training distance for those preparing for fall marathons.  Prices start at $30, ranging up to $55 and all participants will receive medals regardless of their finishing time. Over 1000 runners and walkers are expected to attend!

Click here to register!

Announcement: We Added a CrossFit Challenge!

fleet feet sponsor logoWe now have added a crossfit challenge to our Lifting Hopes Pump and Run 5k on Saturday, October 11th. The top man and woman performers will receive trophies and $100 Fleet Feet Sports gift cards! The top overall gym performance will be awarded a trophy as well as the winner of each age category of the Pump and Run and 5k.

Proceeds benefit Lifting Hopes’ partnering organization, Chapel Hill House. Chapel Hill House helps give central Ohio kids battling cancer the opportunity to spend a relaxing weekend away at their very own log cabin with their family.


Upcoming Dash for Donation 5K

Saturday, July 12 at 8am the Dash for Donation race will be taking place in downtown Columbus. The event raises money and awareness of organ, eye, and tissue donation. The race starts at Nationwide arena and goes through scenic sections of downtown.  There are three different race options: Kids and Mascot 5K, Family Fun 1K walk, and Walk/Run 5K. Everyone will be given a green race shirt free with registration in order to make the “sea of green” celebrating the gift of life.

A unique part of the race is the donor remembrance wall where families can bring in posters that honor a family member who was a donor. This is a great way to show appreciation of those who have donated for others.

You can learn more and register at


Our 5th Annual Pump and Run 5K Honors the Military!

This year, our annual Pump and Run 5K is going to be a little different than past years. Not only are we going to be raising money towards children battling cancer, we are honoring another group! We are honoring all those who are actively serving in the military or are veterans. We are welcoming members from any branch: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marines. The first 25 military members to sign up will receive FREE registration!

With July 4th coming up in a matter of days, it’s important to remember why we celebrate Independence Day and how lucky we are to have the freedoms that we do. Everyday, thousands of military members are serving and defending for our country around the world. Not only are they putting their own lives at stakes, they are sacrificing time away from their family and friends. We want to make sure all members of the military know how appreciative we are of them and how thankful we are for all that they do!


The Do’s and Don’ts of Stretching Before a 5K

Stretching is not only beneficial, it’s extremely important for athletes prior to exercise. First and foremost, stretching prevents injury to your muscles. Making sure you’re muscles are warmed up and ready to go cannot guarantee exclusion from injury but minimizes your chances. Stretching also can improve your flexibility. Being flexible makes you more versatile as an athlete and allows you to be able to perform exercises such as yoga. Apart from the physical benefits stretching provides, it also can relieve stress. Stretching can be a relaxing relief from a hectic day and can calm your entire body.




Warm up before stretching. (A warm up should be an easy exercise such as 10min of walking to get blood flowing to all parts of your muscles)

Most stretches should be held for 20-30 seconds.

Make sure you are breathing normally while stretching.




Never bounce or perform sudden movements when stretching, this could lead to injury.

Never hold a stretch past a feeling of mild discomfort.

Don’t try to alter breathing in accordance to how long you are holding pose. (Holding your breath can stop oxygen from flowing to all your muscles)