Finding sponsors for the second version of the Mill Race Marathon has been easier.
That’s because more companies are buying into the mission of the marathon and are excited to be a part of the culture of health in Columbus, said Andy Pajakowski, an account executive at Cummins, who is responsible for rallying support.
“A lot of companies are already putting a lot of emphasis on improving the fitness of their employees, so a lot of the marathon ties right into what they’re working on,” Pajakowski said.
He has found 40 businesses to support the event this year, which is an almost 40 percent increase from the inaugural event.
“The excitement level has been pretty high, and people realize that it’s just a great event,” he said. “It really brought the community together, and I think sponsors saw that and wanted to be a part of it.”
Leaders from the three main sponsors — Cummins Inc., MainSource and Columbus Regional Health — explain why they are invested in the Mill Race Marathon:
president of engine division at Cummins Inc.
“Cummins is invested in making the Mill Race Marathon a success because it is aligned both with our mission — which demands that everything we do leads to cleaner, healthier and safer environment — and our values to improve the communities where our employees live and work. The marathon has proven to be a great way to engage more of our employees and people throughout the community to be active and healthy. The marathon also provides an opportunity for people from across the world to see that Columbus is a world-class city. I am personally grateful to Cummins employees, local leaders and people throughout the community who are working hard to make this year’s marathon even more successful than last year’s inaugural race.
“This year we are trying to expand the impact of the marathon to be a platform to build awareness on the critical role physical activity plays in terms of education and social justice, health and nutrition as fundamental building blocks for learning and the benefit of equal and easy access to physical activity for all people.”
Archie Brown Jr.
president and CEO of MainSource Financial Group
“MainSource is a company focused on making lives better. One of the ways we do this is through investing in our communities. We believe that our company benefits from having vibrant communities, and we (both corporately and our associates) have a duty to volunteer and give back. We are excited to be part of the Mill Race Marathon because we believe it is an event that is great for the community, it improves the lives of those individuals that participate, and the money raised through the event goes to causes that continue to improve the lives of the residents in Columbus. We are privileged to be one of the three co-sponsors again this year, and we look forward to another wonderful weekend of activities.”
CEO of Columbus Regional Health
“A wellness-focused event like the Mill Race Marathon that brings the community together is exactly the type of activity that aligns with our mission at Columbus Regional Health. The excitement surrounding last year’s inaugural event was tremendous, and we look forward to similar enthusiasm this year. It is inspiring to see residents committed to their health, being active and participating in training programs to prepare for the race. All of us at Columbus Regional Health are thrilled to be a community partner in this event and look forward to our involvement — whether it is cheering from the sidelines, volunteering or actively participating in the event itself.”