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NOTE: This year’s Runraiser event has been cancelled due to the pandemic.  In lieu of participation, please consider making a donation directly through our website.

24-Hour Runraiser (August 28, 2020 @9PM)

Fairmont High School Track

3301 Shroyer Road

Kettering, OH


Previous events:

Empower Ultras Equinox 8-12-24 Hour Run

Empower Ultras is going to join hands with us again to raise money towards our projects, which currently include the Libota Orphanage Project, Women Can!, Nyakabungo Rural Health Clinic and Solar Power for St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Empower Ultras will be sharing part of the proceeds from their Equinox 8-12-24 Hour Run on April 4th at Sycamore State Park in Trotwood, OH. Sign up by Friday, January 31st for the chance to win free shoes!

Easy flat 3 mile trail loop.       

Click Here to learn more


2019 Give a Dam Fundraiser

Update: Thanks to everyone who came out!  It was a great success, raising $1600 for the Libota Orphanage.  See you next year!



Come work off those holiday calories and raise money for Project Congo! How many times can you go up and down the Caesar’s Creek Dam? Its 165 feet of challenging climbing that will really give your legs a work out.

Last year Aneta Zapettella did 62 repeats and Radu Diaconu did 52 repeats in 3:50 hours Can someone beat that this year????

Project Congo Give a Dam pledge sheet-3

Download a donor pledge sheet click on link above

 Read about the 2018 Give a Dam Fundraiser 

Thanks to Everyone who came out!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who joined us for Give a Dam Hill Repeats for Congo today. We raised quite a bit of money for Project Congo. Final numbers coming soon. If you donated online, would you mind PMing me your amount so I can add it to group total?
Special thank you to Lawrence Chow for bringing the most delicious sticky rice, hummus avocado rolls and PB&J, being our photographer, and manning an aid station for several hours (and even doing a few hill repeats in jeans with a nasty ankle injury) . You are the best!
Many records were broken today.
First of all Radu Diaconu did 52 hill repeats in about 3:50 (would’ve been faster if I didn’t stop him for group photo 😁). This time is crazy fast and I doubt it will be broken soon!
Joe Bodner did FKT for one hill is 1:07.
I did 62 hills in over six and a half hours
Repeats count:
– Aneta Zeppettella: 62 slow repeats.
– Radu Diaconu: 52 (under 4 hours , way faster than my 60 in 6.5 hours!)
– Helen Garen did 42
– Jennifer Keiser Russo did 40 before she had to leave to get her daughter.
-Adam Rosing did 35
– Joe Bodner, Willie Survive, Barney Riesbeck, Kenny Smith did 32
– Pat Farrell and Sylvia Esser Gleason: 25
– Jordan Garris and Carissa Derr (and Roxy):20
– Marc Oligee, Heather Ekola and Jen Barnett, (and Marley the dog): 15
– Doug Picard, Matt Kesner, Leanne Hood, Tim Wilson and his wife, Ben Wilcox, Lawrence Chow, Paul Bohannon , Jessica Lee (after 16 mile run): 10
-Carla Zeppetella: 3 and decided that she’d rather swim 100 miles😁
#ultrarunner #runhappy #hillrepeats #wecanmakeohiohilly
Edited; I looked over my data and I actually did 62 repeats, not 60. I can’t count