ODU Honors Boston Marathon Victims at Alumni Panther 5K

ODU Alumni 5K


Columbus, OH (43219) – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) honored the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy at its first annual ODU Alumni Panther 5K Run and Walk, held Saturday, April 20 on its main campus, located at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. 

Prior to the race, a moment of silence was observed. Participants also had their picture taken with a “Run for Boston” banner to show ODU’s support for the city of Boston. 

Approximately 120 people participated in the event. 

Danielle Koch ’07 won the 5K. Koch also competed in the 2012 Boston Marathon. 

“Nothing that I do is going to change anything (in Boston), but it feels good as a running community, it makes you feel like you can do something for them,” Koch said. 

“This experience has touched so many lives, and with our race occurring less than a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, we felt compelled to show our support for the victims of this tragedy and the entire city of Boston,” said Ann Snider, ODU’s director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “We were excited to welcome alumni back to campus to share in our effort of showing support.” 

The Run and Walk began at the west end of the Panther Sports Complex and finish at Alumni Hall. The course included three laps around the ODU campus. More information on the Run and Walk can be found here. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private comprehensive liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.