Northeast Ohio harbors some of the country's most beautiful trails and also hosts runners with big hearts who care about their community. Three race directors with a similar vision have come together to form a partnership to provide non-profit first rate low cost or free trail racing experiences, while organizing efforts giving back to our communities in need.
Running Forward and Giving Back is a partnership of existing NE Ohio non-profit trail races which share a mission to support runners, our precious parks, and local individuals or small organizations who require a helping hand.
Give more than you take
Local ultra marathon legend of over seventy 100 mile finishes, Roy Heger understands runners and what makes them tick. He is the Race Director for Buzzard Day, Run with Scissors and co-Race Director of Canal Corridor. Roy is the founder of Run to Share, a non profit organization that helps local people in need. Roy never quits and his mantra is "relentless forward progress".
Ultra marathoner for 20 years and Western States finisher, Wild Bill is known by nearly every trail runner in NE Ohio. He is the Race Director of Candy Mountain and in 2018 will put forth the 10th year of Bill's Bad Ass 50k. Through his races thousands of dollars have been raised from runners for local small organizations in great need. Wild Bill is also the co-Race Director of Canal Corridor. His mantra is "adapt and overcome".
Relatively new to the ultra marathon scene, race director Rich Schlenk is now leading the Doan Creek Trail Race in its fourth year. In 2017 this free race raised over 7 thousand dollars for Edwins Restaurant Institute and the Doan Watershed, while organizing environmental clean up efforts to make the Doan Creek trails beautiful. Favorite saying: "go big or go home".