Merrill Lynch Bull Run 5K Slated for August 8 in Arena District

July 31, 2009

For runners looking to fill their Saturday morning with fun for the whole family, the Merrill Lynch Bull Run is the perfect event. Held in the Arena District Saturday, August 8, it includes a 5K run/walk, Kids Fun Run and educational programming from COSI and the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. The event, hosted by the Merrill Lynch Buckeye Complex, will raise funds for local charities including Nationwide Childrens Hospital.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the Kids Fun Run beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a certified 5K run/walk starting at 9 a.m. The pre-registration entry fee is $25 for adults and $15 for kids. On the day of the race the entry fee will be $30 for adults and $20 for kids.

The event will include educational programs provided by COSI on Wheels and The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, music, magicians, face painting, balloon animal twisters, a Columbus fire engine and local mascots. Food will be provided by local Dairy Queen and Tim Hortons.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Ocean Room at Nationwide Childrens Hospital initiated by a group of sixth-grade students from Columbus Academy, the Ocean Room, which looks and feels like an underwater wonderland, lets patients select a toy before their operation to help overcome surgery anxieties. The Bull Run has committed to fund the Ocean Room through 2012, which gives away toys at a rate of about 3,000 5,000 per year.

Participants and donors can sign up for the Bull Run at For more information, contact Nationwide Childrens Hospital Foundation at 614-355-0888.

The Buckeye Complex of Merrill Lynch is comprised of the downtown Columbus, Easton, Polaris, Dublin, Upper Arlington, Newark, Mansfield and Washington Court House branch offices.

Merrill Lynch is one of the worlds leading wealth management, capital markets and advisory companies, with offices in 40 countries and territories and total client assets of approximately $1.6 trillion. As an investment bank, it is a leading global trader and underwriter of securities and derivatives across a broad range of asset classes and serves as a strategic advisor to corporations, governments.

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