Blazin' 5 Miler

Sun August 15, 2021 Directions

For those seeking summer shade, start the final month of summer off right with this gem of a race in southeast Columbus. When the dog days of summer arrive in their sweltering haze and the temperatures are hot enough to grill your GU, you can seek the tree-covered paths of the Blacklick Trail to keep you cool while you head out with your friends to take part in this CRC Signature Series race. Go ahead and dare that fiery mass to do its worst, you'll be under a cool green canopy for most of your 5 miles!

Starting at the Jerry L. Garver YMCA, this southeast Columbus race course winds next to Blacklick Creek before ending back at the YMCA where you can cool down and check out all the YMCA has to offer.

Beat the heat this summer and join us at the Blazin' 5 Miler.

2021 Event Option and Status

The 2021 event has received final approval for in-person status! Our virtual event is still an option for those who prefer, but all those who signed up for in-person and kept their fingers crossed: we'll see you on August 15th!!!

Additional Race Information


A hot race demands hot swag, and we're ready to deliver. Sweet tri-blend t-shirts will be given to all Blazin' 5 Miler, as well as a Blazin' 5 Miler finisher medal and a cooling fan to help you beat the summer heat.

Early Packet Pickup (for in-person events only)

All in-person event participants will be required to make use of early packet pickup or race day pickup options. Visit Columbus Running Company's Pickerington location (1250 Hill Rd North) on Friday, August 13, and Saturday, August 14 during normal store hours (Fri 10a-8p, Sat 10a-6p). Race day packet pickup will be available at the event just outside the front door of the Jerry L Garver YMCA on August 15, 2021, beginning at 7 AM. Items not picked up will not be shipped after.

Shipping (for virtual events only)

All virtual event participants will have their swag mailed to them at the shipping address provided during registration. Please note: all materials will be shipped out on Monday, August 16, 2021.

Free Childcare (in-person events only)

Need someone to watch your children during the race? The Y is here to help with drop-off beginning at 7:00 am in our gymnasium. Enjoy the race while your children enjoy some fun activities provided by the Y. 

Your Finisher Medal

This year's Blazin' 5 Miler and Sizzlin' Kids Run finisher medal was designed in a community contest hosted by the Jerry L. Garver YMCA. Here is the winning medal:

Your Race T-shirt

What is a virtual race?

If you are participating in the VIRTUAL Blazin' 5 Miler, be sure to read the below to get details on how your event works.

Steps To Complete A Virtual Race

Step 1: Sign up

Sign up for the Blazin' 5 Miler here, and drop some extra in the bucket for YMCA of Central Ohio while you're there!

Step 2: Train

Train to get in shape for your race. Listen to your body and be smart. Looking for a group to connect with to keep you motivated throughout your training cycle? Check out the Rally Columbus group on Facebook, it's full of cheer and motivation to keep you rolling through race day.

Step 3: Participate

Get out during the event time frame (August 15-22) and participate in your race. Choose a safe course, socially distance properly as the current regulations dictate, and have some fun! Share your race photos on social media with the hashtag #blazin5

Step 4: Report

After you've completed your race, you can report your results right from the website's results page. See our How To Report Results page on the site for details.


What Do I Get For Signing Up?

A soft tri-blend shirt: we use trusted local vendors to help us create a piece that will look awesome and be super comfortable!

Medals are always a fantastic reward for a job well done, and this race has you covered!

Support an organization in need. YMCA of Central Ohio is an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. $4 from every paid registration go to YMCA of Central Ohio, as well as any additional donations you make during the registration process. Thank you for your generosity.

You get to choose your own course. Always wish that your local race would run through that one super gorgeous park? Pick a scenic route there that allows you to be safe. 

Share your race photos on social media with the hashtag #blazin5

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


In-person: Jerry L Garver YMCA
Virtual: Anywhere you are!

National Sponsors

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