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

What is the Columbus Donut Run?

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.

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.

The Columbus Donut Run has no paid employees to ensure all funds are allocated either to head and neck cancer research or the operations of the Joan’s Foundation.


  • DATE 10/31/2015
  • START 9:00am
  • COST $40.00 through 10/14/2015. $45.00 from 10/15/2015 through race day.
  • LOCATION Genoa Park
  • RACE PACKETS Can be picked up at the Front Runner Store located at 1344 West Lane Avenue Columbus, OH 43221 on Thursday October 29th from 10:00am – 8:00pm and Friday October 30th from 10:00am – 8:00pm Participants may also pick up their packets on location before the race.




Thank you to our sponsors!

Blue CPAs
JSJ Staffing
Muirfield Energy
Mark Miely DDS
First Financial Bank
The Original Goodie Shop
Golden Donuts & Diner
Yum-EE Donuts
Buckeye Donuts
DJ Matt Ryan


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!

Refunds or exchanges will be issued within 14 days of the item being received.
Unless the item is damaged or defective, the buyer is required to pay return shipping.
Please contact us within 2 business days if an item is damaged, broken or incorrect, so we can promptly resolve any issues.
All refunds will be issued once the item is received.


Blogger, Wellness Coach, Donut Lover

In 2013, Erica Lugo, also known as Erica Fit Love, lost over 100 lbs in 15 months through diet, exercise, and perseverance. Since then, she has become a popular health and fitness blogger, with appearances on national television as well as the cover of local magazines. We are thrilled to have her as part of this year’s Columbus Donut Run! See below for our short interview with Erica:

The whole concept behind the Donut Run is to make fitness fun, playful and family-friendly, all while raising awareness of head and neck cancer. How do you make fitness fun for you?

I learned to make it fun. I have lost a very dear person in my life to cancer. Any cause that helps awareness and funding to help even one family prevent loss and suffering is something that has my support and love. Learn to make friends with similar goals and interests. I purchase new workout gear, new tunes on my playlist and learn to laugh at the challenges being fit may bring!

As followers of your blog, we know you’re a big fan of donuts, but also a big proponent of healthy eating/living. How do you find balance in your own life?

Moderation is key for me!! I’ve tried to become healthy my whole life and being super restrictive and guarded has always backfired. Allowing myself a special treat once or twice a week has been a huge help. Also, people don’t want to be creative anymore. If you truly try. There’s lots of healthy snacks to curb your cravings

What would you say to someone who may be feeling intimidated about participating in an event like this or about tackling their other fitness goals?

Losing weight, becoming fit and challenging yourself physically has taught me it’s more than just a physical feat. It’s a mental one. Your mind will want to quit before you do and the hardest workout you’ll ever complete is the one against yourself and your own self doubt. Learn to accept yourself for you. Stop comparing your journey to others and realize that just because you’re not where someone else is, doesn’t mean you failed.

Last but certainly not least, what’s your favorite, go-to donut?

See I love donuts sooooo much I can’t just say what’s my go to. You can never go wrong with a pink sprinkled.

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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.



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