Benefiting the Joan’s Foundation for Head and Neck Cancer Research

The Donut Run is an annual 5k running and walking event to benefit the Joan’s Foundation for Head and Neck Cancer Research. It is the original 5k that pays homage to the donut.

The Columbus Donut Run ensures all funds are allocated either to head and neck cancer research or the operations of the Joan’s Foundation.

We are proud to be one of the five featured races in The James 5k Race Series!

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$35 through Apr 30

$40 May 1 – Sep 30

$45 Oct 1 through race day


7am registration open. 9am race start.

All participants will receive a limited edition Columbus Donut Run tri-blend t-shirt and a half dozen donuts.

Participants can enjoy donut holes at every kilometer, and donuts and Starbucks coffee at the finish line.

Race packets can be picked up at the Front Runner Store located at 1344 West Lane Avenue Columbus, OH 43221 on October 25th, 26th or 27th from 10:00am – 8:00pm. You may also register during packet pickup at Front Runner.



Begins at Genoa Park


Parking Information

There may be ongoing construction underway in the primary parking lot at COSI. The Donut Run organizers strongly suggest carpooling to avoid longer commutes to the starting point of the race (English Pavilion in Front of COSI-on the river side).


Thank you to our sponsors!

JSJ Staffing
Muirfield Energy
First Financial Bank
Duck Donuts
Minuteman Press
Dental Support Essentials
Bristol-Myers Squibb
614 logo
Golden Donuts & Diner
Buckeye Donuts
Amy’s Donuts
Little Donut Shop
DJ Matt Ryan
James 5k Race Series


Purchase Donut Run Swag

Have a friend or family member that can’t make it to this year’s event?
Love last year’s gear?
Or is one race t-shirt not enough?
Columbus Donut Run swag is available for purchase at the Merchandise tent on Race Day!

2017 Official Race Day Donut Run T-Shirt

2016 Official Race Day Donut Run T-Shirt

Co-Branded T-Shirt with Erica Fit Love

Columbus Donut Run Headband



About Erica

I started off weighing over 320+ lbs. I’m about 5’11” so people couldn’t tell how much I REALLY weighed, but the scale never lied to me.

Going into it, the basics is all I knew. Less calories in, more calories out. That’s it! That’s a rule I use to this day. I don’t have a sugar daddy…yet. I don’t have all the money in the world to make it rain on products like shakes and pills and expensive pills in the stores. That wasn’t in the cards for me. Also, let’s face it. That junk has been around for years, and how many over weight people do we still see today? It doesn’t work… long term and I want this weight gone forever! I logged the man hours. I portion control, work hard and have a ton of fun!

I lost 130+ lbs in 15 months, the bulk of that weight being in 13 months. It’s a lot of hard work, dedication but guess what? It’s a lot of damn fun, too!

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patients Over the years, highly-funded research has led to an understanding of the causes of cancer and to both non-specific and targeted therapies for treating patients. While these treatments have proved efficacious in some cancer types, the need for a novel strategy for head and neck cancers remains dire. Specifically, there are over 35,000 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas diagnosed in the United States each year, resulting in 12,000 deaths. This number is increasing exponentially due to the incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV) related pharynx cancers. Despite aggressive therapy, the survival rates for advanced stage squamous cell carcinoma are poor, with an overall 5 year survival rate less than 56%.

Through partial funding from the Columbus Donut Run, one novel strategy we are pursuing at OSU is with oncolytic viruses. These are naturally occurring viruses that are modified to only target cancer cells and spare all other tissues in the body. They have discovered a novel combination treatment with an oncolytic herpes virus and a FDA-approved drug called bortezomib. Their research indicates this therapy has significant potential to make an impact in head and neck cancers as well as other solid tumors (ovarian and select pediatric cancers). They will then bring this novel combination to bedside in the next year.



If they can cover the three miles of the Donut Run course by running, jogging or walking they can absolutely participate in The 3rd Annual Columbus Donut Run!

Because of the overall costs involved with our participant swag bag, the price for registration is the same regardless of age. Also, Joan’s Foundation is a registered 501c3 with proceeds going towards Head & Neck Cancer Research.

Strollers are welcome and there is no need to register a child using a stroller. While strollers are welcome we do ask that they lineup in the back for the safety of the runners.

Sorry, for the safety of our runners and furry friends, we do not allow animals on the course.

They can be picked up at the Front Runner Store located at 1344 West Lane Avenue Columbus, OH 43221 on October 25th, 26th or 27th from 10:00am – 8:00pm. You may also register for the Donut Run during packet pickup at Front Runner. There will be no Race Day packet pickup.

Sure!  As long as you send them with a printed or electronic copy of your confirmation email!

Yes, The Donut Run 5k is a timed event.  Premier Races uses ChronoTrack Chip Timing with Live Results available along with Final results for division winners and a Complete listing of overall results available within minutes of race completion.

Please click here to contact us and we will get back to you with an answer.  If your question is awesome enough, we might even publish it right here in the official Columbus Donut Run FAQS.



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Contact information

Joan’s Foundation
P.O. Box 14907
Columbus, OH 43214