This year was to mark the 15th and final year of the Jack Roth Run 5k Rock’N'Run. When we officially started our race preparations at the end of February, we were not yet aware of the far reaching impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Since that time we have seen a tremendous shift throughout the entire world with school closings, the limits placed on gatherings and the mandates for social distancing. We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. We recognize that we all must do our part in slowing the spread of the virus and it is imperative that we act in the best interest of our participants, volunteers and the community as a whole. With the most recent announcement by the Ohio Governor to extend the Stay at Home Order until at least May 1, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the race.


Since this year was to be our final hurrah in celebration of the lives of Jack and Janice, it remains very important to us to appropriately honor them and everything we have accomplished over the past 15 years. Therefore, rather than postpone the event indefinitely, we have decided to reschedule the 15th and final Jack Roth Run 5k Rock’N’Run for June 13, 2021. We hope that we can count on our amazing community of family, friends, dedicated volunteers and supporters to help us give the race the proper finale it deserves in June 2021. Until then, please take good care of yourselves and we look forward to seeing you next year!


Please Join us for the 15th and FINAL year of the Jack Roth Rock’N'Run/Walk

June 13th 2021 @ 9:00 AM, Bexley, OH

Welcome to the 15th and final year of the Jack Roth 5K Rock'N'Run/Walk! We have had 14 years of incredible 5k’s, marketplaces, track dashes, music and more and while we are sad to say goodbye, we are very grateful for so many years of unwavering support. We are pleased to announce that this year we have two incredible honorary co-chair’s. David Brown, Founder & Creative Director of the Harmony Project and Dr. David Cohn, chief medical officer at The James Cancer Hospital as well as the director of Gynecologic Cancer Research and the associate director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program at Ohio State.

We are heartbroken over the loss of our beloved Janice Roth, Jack’s wife and champion who she passed away in October of 2019. She fearlessly fought an 8 year ovarian cancer battle. She was an integral part of our committee, fundraising and outreach for the run. She implemented Taco Tuesday at The Kitchen, took charge of the raffle prizes and personally contacted many of the donors, supporters, volunteers and runners to make sure they were aware of the race, race day and how to get involved. The Jack Roth Fund will continue to fundraise and Jan’s legacy will continue to live on with the Janice Roth JCC Early Childhood Services Scholarship Fund. June 14th will certainly be a difficult day for us as we say goodbye to a very special community event, but we plan on celebrating Jan and all she did and meant to this event. Please join us as we celebrate the lives of Jack & Janice and the final year of The Jack Roth Run, Sunday, June 13th.

2019 was another fantastic year, raising over $112,000 for the Jack Roth Fund and bringing our 14 year total to more than $1,460,000. The Jack Roth Fund was created to promote the vital research and treatment necessary to combat lung cancer, through The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC –James) and the Jack Roth Camp Netaim-Ramah Noam, a program in Israel for children with special needs. The race will take runners and walkers through central Bexley's beautiful neighborhoods, and include a fun-filled morning with:

  • Food, music, awards and prizes!
  • The Dave Gill Chevrolet complimentary food, fun and fitness marketplace featuring local food, health and wellness vendors.
  • Kids activities: face painting, balloon making, glitter tattoos, braid bar & more!
  • Max's Track Dash for Kids returns for 2020!
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The James 5k Race Series

  • The Jack Roth 5k is one of the three featured annual running events in the James 5K Race Series. The 5K course, designed and timed by Columbus Running Company, is open to participants of all ages. We had more than 600 runners and walkers participate in 2019, and we anticipate an even greater number this year. The Kid's Track Dash returns for 2021! For more information, visit: go.osu.edu/James5k

If you would like to help with the race in any way possible, please:


Race location

326 S Cassingham Rd
Bexley, OH 43209

Run location

Race schedule

7:30 am Breakfast & Registration
8:00 am Marketplace Opens
9:00 am 5K Race Start
10:30 am For Kids: Max's Track Dash Begins
10:45 am Music, Raffle, and Awards Ceremony