SIDS Awareness 5k

Baby Will

Join us in celebrating the 5th Annual SIDS Awareness 5k!

Every year, we gather hundreds of runners and walkers to participate in our SIDS Awareness 5k, but this year is going to be a little bit different.

In honor of our 5th Anniversary, we are announcing some big changes that we think you will be very excited about—starting with our goal of exceeding 1000 participants!  Of course, there will still be prizes, free t-shirts, and our Kids' Fun Run. Scroll through the page below to see all of our improvements! 

Together, we can reach our goal of 1000 runners/walkers and be one step closer to a SIDS-free future.

Please help us spread the word!

    Click Here to Register for 2012 SIDS Awareness 5k

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Event Details

When:    Saturday, August 2, 2014

Where:  Brewery District in downtown Columbus, Ohio*
                *This is a different location than preivous years, but we think you will love it even more!  
                  Visit our Location section for more information or click here to see a virtual map.

Time:      Check-in opens at 9:30am ; 5k Run/Walk begins at 11:00am
                *For a complete schedule, please see our Schedule section.


  Before July 27:  After July 27: *
Adults (ages 19 and over) $30 $35
Teens (ages 11-18) $20 $20
Kids' Fun Run (ages 10 and under) $10 $15

  *Registration is available on site, but there is no guarantee you will receive this year’s event t-shirt

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5th Anniversary After-Party Celebration

In honor of the 5th Anniversary of the SIDS Awareness 5k and of the countless community members who have supported us in our mission of working towards a SIDS-free future, we have some special announcements and events that we are excited to share with you all!  The After-Party Celebration will officially begin after the 5k concludes, so stick around!

Of course, this event will be very family-friendly, as always!  We really wanted to make sure that there was something to do for every age group attending our 5k.  That being said, we will have both a balloon artist and a paint-on tattoo artist for the kids.

We are proud to be featuring awesome live music from Erica Blinn!  She has a very country-rock sound and stays true to her Midwestern roots.  You can check out her website here.

For lunch, we think you will love the food trucks we have lined up to sell their best dishes!  The first, Pitabilities, sells fresh gyros, sandwiches, starters, and (of course) pita dishes.  To add some diversity, we also arranged for Land Yacht BBQ to be there to offer you their perfected BBQ meals from their classic 1963 Airstream Overlander Land Yacht Travel Trailer (it's a mouthful, we know!).

You can also expect appearances from Senator Shannon Jones and Columbus City Council President Andy Ginther to share what they’re doing to lower our infant mortality rate.  Not only have they been huge supporters of research into SIDS and SUID, but they have also been personally invested in the efforts of Baby Will.  That being said, we are very excited to see their welcoming faces on race day and to hear what they have to say about the current efforts into the cause.

We will also be selling Beat SIDS Beer in Brewmasters Gate and a portion of every sale from the World of Beer Cart goes to Baby Will.

We hope you choose to join us for the family-friendly After Party Celebration!

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About Our Cause

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS, remains one of the most serious medical problems.  In the US alone, a child is lost to SIDS every 4 hours, meaning more kids die from SIDS each year than from all forms of cancer combined.  In fact, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the state of Ohio ranks 48th out of 50 states for total infant deaths and 49th out of 50 states for African-American babies. The purpose of the SIDS Awareness 5k is to combat that ranking, educating our community about the risk factors of SIDS and spreading awareness of Safe Sleep. To find out more about SIDS, visit our SIDS Information page.

As a 501(c)3 organization, Baby Will aims to rally our local community in support of a SIDS Free Future.  Proceeds from the 5k go to help local families impacted by SIDS and to support medical research.

Meaning Behind "It’s About Moving Forward"

This slogan has special meaning stemming from the first week after baby Will passed away, and it is something we talked about in Will’s eulogy.  It was a healing moment when we considered the difference between “moving on” and “moving forward.”  This distinction continues to give us strength and our hope is it serves as an uplifting metaphor for others running or walking for such an important cause.

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Race Day Schedule

The following is a basic schedule of events.

9:30 am     Check-In Begins
10:30 am   Kids' Fun Run Takes Off
11:00 am   SIDS 5k Run and Walk Begin
12:00 pm   After-Party Celebration and Awards Ceremony

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New Location and Course

As much as we liked our prior course, this one offers a more scenic route and fits the time frame we were hoping for! The new 5k course will begin around World of Beer and Shadowbox Live, go down Front Street, through the Scioto Audobon Park, and back.  

What’s great about the course:

  • Beautiful and diverse scenery – the course starts in downtown Columbus, OH but travels through the Scioto Audobon park, making the view a mix of the beautiful Columbus skyline and the fresh greenery of the park
  • Certified course and chip timing for runners – a high degree of accuracy for running enthusiasts interested in testing themselves.
  • Great competition for runners – below you can see the winning times from last year’s event.
  • Safety conscious event – clearly defined course with markers, volunteers scattered throughout the course to help, police escort and intersecting streets shut down.
  • Really great cause – Every 3.5 hours in this country a child dies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS.  Proceeds from our event go to support medical research aimed at solving SIDS, and to help local families impacted by this horrible problem.

What makes the course challenging:

  • Turns – This year's course runs through the Scioto Audobon trails and has one very sharp turn at the half-way mark
  • Transitions – The course both starts and finishes on Front Street, meaning there are two points of transition between road and trail terrain.
  • Competition – Each year we draw impressive athletes and it is neat to see how camaraderie and friendly competition help everyone to do their best.

You can see a picture of the course below or click here for an interactive map of the new location!












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Age Groups and Prizes

Each male and female winner per age group receives a $50 gift card to Second Sole!

Age Groups Top Male Top Female
< 18 $50 $50
19 – 29 $50 $50
30 – 39 $50 $50
40 – 49 $50 $50
50 – 59 $50 $50
60 + $50 $50

Overall Winning Times – Larger gift card prizes awarded to overall top three fastest male and female times!

Overall Fastest Times Overall Top Males Overall Top Females
1st Place $200 $200
2nd Place $150 $150
3rd Place $100 $100

*Prizes do not accumulate.  We are trying to spread the love.  So if you win 1st place overall it does not add to winning your age group, rather the next fastest time in your age group will win that age group.

Winning Times From 2013

Please note that the course was entirely different last year.  This course will include street and park terrain, increasing difficulty.  For more information on the new course, see our Location section.

Place Male Female
  Time Pace Time Pace
1 15:53 5:07 17:47 5:44
2 16:03 5:10 18:56 6:06
3 16:40 5:22 19:23 6:15
4 18:42 6:01 22:51 7:22
5 18:46 6:03 23:01 7:25
6 18:49 6:04 25:00 8:03
7 18:50 6:04 25:38 8:16
8 18:58 6:07 26:13 8:27
9 19:19 6:13 26:18 8:28
10 20:14 6:31 26:22 8:30
11 20:21 6:33 26:30 8:32
12 20:40 6:39 26:35 8:34

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Without the financial support from our sponsors, the SIDS 5k could not make the impact that it does in raising funds for research and assisting local families.  We are very proudly supported by our community leaders and by the following companies:

Our events draw hundreds of passionate local consumers, and we still have great sponsorship opportunities available for this year.  If you are interested in learning more you can visit our SIDS 5k Sponsorship Page or simply send an email to and we will connect with you promptly to discuss the options.

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Race Packets and T-shirts

T-shirt size charts and designs can be seen here.

All event packets ordered before July 27 are guaranteed to come with the a t-shirt. But, if you missed the deadline, we will do our best to set you up with one given the time restrictions!

Race packet pickup will be available beginning Friday, July 25 at 4pm at the Second Sole store in Gahanna:

GAHANNA, OH. 43230
p: (614) 478-3361

MON - FRI: 10 - 8
SATURDAY: 10 - 6


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We are looking for volunteers for both the planning and execution of our annual 5k, divided into the following teams:

  • ​Marketing and Promotions Team:
    ​​Volunteers will work with one another to develop marketing strategies, deliver action items (posters, digital banners, etc.) and ensure that awareness for our event is widespread. Please keep in mind that the scale of this event is large, as our target goal for participants is 1000, so we appreciate as many minds as possible!

  • Event Day Team:
    Race Day volunteers will be handling set-up, on-site registrations, food/beverage tables, water stations, and tear-down.  If you are interested in heading any of the previously mentioned race-day volunteer groups, let us know!

To sign up as a volunteer, feel free to call (614) 906-WILL (9455) or email our volunteer organizer at

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Still Have Questions?

If you have any questions that you couldn't find the answer to above, we would love to help you out! You can email us at or call at (614) 906-WILL (9455) and we would be more than happy to answer your questions.

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Upcoming events

2014 SIDS Awareness 5k
Saturday August 2nd, 2014
11am in Brewery District, Columbus OH!  

2014 SIDS Poker Series
SAVE THE DATE: Sat Oct 11th, 2014