Merrill Lynch Bull Run Slated for August 16

July 29, 2008

Hundreds of runners will take to the streets in the Arena District for the Fifth Annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run on Saturday, August 16. Registration begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. with the Kids Fun Run slated for an 8:30 a.m. start and the 5K Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. 

In addition to the run/walk, fun for the entire family and educational programs such as COSI on Wheels Launch into Space and The Columbus Museum of Arts Museum on the Move! will be on site. Additional activities including inflatable jumpers, music, magicians, balloon animal twisters and local mascots will also be in attendance. These activities are sponsored by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) with food provided by Dairy Queen and Tim Hortons.

The event, hosted by the Merrill Lynch Buckeye Complex in conjunction with this years presenting sponsor Legg Mason, is expected to raise thousands of dollars for local charities. Since its inception, the Bull Run has raised more than $190,000 with a portion of the proceeds designated to support pediatric cancer research at Nationwide Childrens Hospital via one of the hospitals auxiliary groups, Circle of Friends.

The Bull Run will also benefit the Ocean Room a free toy store at Nationwide Childrens Hospital where young surgery patients may pick out a toy before their operation. The Bull Run has committed to support the Ocean Room which gives away nearly 5,000 toys annually for the next five years.

To register on-line, visit Registration fees are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12-years-old and younger. After August 9, registration fees are $30 for adults and $20 for children.

For more information, call Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation (614) 355-0888.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at