Register for the 25th annual run,jane,run
Run - Registration card
Every year since 1988, competitors from all over Ohio have shined their golf clubs, packed their volleyballs and laced their running shoes for one reason and one reason only…to compete in run,jane,run Ohio’s only weekend sports festival! run,jane,run promotes health, fitness and social activity for men and women alike. When run,jane,run was created it was in response to the elementary school readers in which Dick would run, jump and play while Jane watched from the sidelines. Today Dick and Jane compete side by side for the same reasons…health, fitness, social activity and to raise money for a great cause.
run,jane,run was named from those early readers in which Dick was running, jumping and while Jane watched with her sister Sally and Puffy the cat. Here is an illustration from one of the readers.
Illustrator Zerna Sharp worked with the Scott, Foresman Publishing Company and with William Gray to devise a series of basic primers. The result was Dick and Jane, who made their debut in 1930 in Scott-Foresman's Elson-Gray Basic Readers.
run,jane,run is the signature event to raise awareness and funding of addiction. It is estimated that 6.5 million women are chemically dependent. Of that figure the Alcohol and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County estimates that 80,000 women, in Cuyahoga County, are addicts. Addiction is not just an inner city issue. In February, we were shocked to learn of Whitney Houston’s death resulting from the damage of long term cocaine and alcohol addiction, as well as, reliance on prescription medications.
Ohio’s opiate epidemic is a crisis of unparalleled proportions with devastating, often deadly, consequences. The most culpable substances are the opiate family, which includes heroin and prescription pain reliever medications. In fact, these substances accounted for nearly 40 percent of the state’s 1,373 overdose deaths in 2009.
In addition to the human toll, Ohio’s opiate and prescription drug epidemic has severely strained law enforcement, criminal justice and health care resources and stretched the capacity of Ohio’s publicly-funded alcohol and other drug addiction treatment services system.
Evidence increasingly points to opiate addiction as a major driver of increasing health care costs as well. A study in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy estimates that the medical expenses of a person who is abusing opioids are eight times those of a non-addict. Meanwhile, CareSource, a leading managed care provider in Ohio, has reported that one in four Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) Medicaid recipients enrolled in its program, are using opiate painkillers.
Developing and implementing cost-effective policies and strategies to resolve the crisis is a collective responsibility. From generating greater public awareness around the issue to toughening state laws and regulations around how controlled substances are prescribed, and embracing evidence-based treatment technologies such as Medication- Assisted Treatment (MAT) Ohio must act swiftly and decisively to formulate a coordinated response to rein in spiraling health care costs and prevent more tragic deaths.
On average, four Ohioans die each day as a result of drug overdose.
(Source: Ohio Department of Health)
For women, more than 90% of women report having experienced or witnessed one or more traumatic events. Alcohol and other drugs become a coping mechanism to “feel normal.” Combing the memories of the traumatic events and the shame, women keep the disease silent and while growing and consuming its victim. run,jane,run is the opportunity to talk about addiction, the impact on the family and community.
run,jane,run is the opportunity to be courageous and share stories of women’s recovery. Addiction is a progressive disease that without treatment, women die. It is estimated that 200,000 women annually die if complications of addiction. That is four times the number of women that die as a result of breast cancer. run,jane,run raises funds for treatment services to liberate lives.
Golf Registration - August 10th
at Briarwood Golf Course
10k/5k Run Registration -
August 12th at Edgewater Park