Run for a Dream

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

So do you ever wander through Worthington on a Saturday morning and think, "I really can't indulge in any of those delicious treats at the farmers' market because I'm watching my girlish figure." Well, have we got a plan for you!

OK, first, you get the kids up and say, "Hey! Who wants to take mom on in a running race?" Then, once they're all done shouting, "Me! Me! Me!", you load them into the car and head over to the Thomas Worthington H.S. track where at 8 a.m., the Run for a Dream 5K starts, followed by the 1-mile run/walk at 9 a.m. Of course it's all for a great cause -- the See Kids Dream organization, which runs the Penny Harvest project in Columbus and Worthington schools.

This is the third year for the Penny Harvest and it's an amazing concept: During the fall, grade schoolers at more than two dozen schools collect spare change from family and friends. Then, during the winter, they research various charitable causes, one or more of which they'll select to be the recipients of the collected money. In the spring, each school selects and awards its money. And if you don't think small change doesn't add up, guess again. Last year the schools involved awarded more than $30,000!

The Run for a Dream 5K and 1-mile kick off this school year's activities. An adult's entry costs $25 and up to two kids per adult can enter for $5 each. For more information, go to

So come on down, get a little exercise and THEN go hit the Farmers Market with a well-earned appetite!