Arnold Sports Festival

City Columbus
06.03.2022  !
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Arnold Sports Festival: race description

Race Information

The Arnold 5K Pump &, Run, which tests overall fitness by measuring both strength and endurance, is the largest race of its kind in the United States.

The race will have a record 1,000 competitors when the 2017 Arnold 5K Pump &, Run is held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 10:30am. A stand-alone Arnold 5K run is also held on Sunday, March 5 at 9:15am.

Athletes from more than 30 states participated in the 2016 5K Pump &, Run. In the competition, participants bench press a percentage of their body weight. Each lift (up to a max of 30) reduces their 5-kilometer run time by 30 seconds.

The Arnold 5K Pump &, Run has 10 age / gender divisions. Depending on age, men must bench press 60 to 100 percent of their weight, and women 40 to 70 percent of their weight. U.S. Marine Corps drill instructors oversee the bench press and inspire lifters to their maximum.

Weigh-in and bench press begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 5. The running portion of the 5K Pump &, Run begins at 10:30 a.m. Spectators are welcome and the outdoor portion of the event is free. Admission to the “pump” portion of the Arnold 5K Pump &, Run is included in the $15 daily ticket ($10 in advance) to the Arnold Sports Festival.

Additional Race Information
Packet Pick-up &, Late Registration

Athletes can register and pick up their race packet in person at any Columbus Running Company location (Dublin, Short North, Pickerington, Westerville) February 24 –, March 1, 2017 —, March 2-4, 2017 only at: Short North Columbus Running Company. Or on race day at the north end of the Greater Columbus Convention Center between 7:30a.m. – 8:45a.m. (Race number needs to be worn on the front of your shirt)


This means that the Arnold Pump &, Run 5K WILL NOT ISSUE A REFUND for any reason, such as an injury, scheduling conflict, pregnancy, etc. Nor will the Arnold Pump &, Run 5K transfer entries from 2017 to 2018. Also, because of liability reasons your Race Number cannot be worn by anyone else than the person the number is assigned. If the race is cancelled due to inclement weather, the race will not be rescheduled and there will be no refund. Your entry fee will be donated to a local running club and the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Special awards will be given to the top five overall men and top five overall women. Olympic size medals will be awarded to all finishers* in the Arnold 5K Pump and Run. (Athletes need to successfully lift at least one rep and run the 5km). *The top five Arnold 5K Pump and Run awards will be mailed out the week after the event.

Arnold Fitness Expo

Athletes registered in the Arnold 5K Pump and Run will receive free entry into the Arnold Fitness Expo on Sunday, March 5th ($15 value).

Special Note

No dogs, baby joggers, unregistered runners or inline skates are allowed on the course. Athletes need to finish the course in under 45 minutes.


Finish line timing by Columbus Running Company. Results will be posted here and at 

Proceeds benefit the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund

Jeff was a 1983 graduate of Circleville High School and a 1990 graduate of Ohio University. Jeff set school records at Circleville High School in the 2.5 mile and 5km cross country events as well as in the 800 meters, 1600 meters and 3200 meters. His senior year Jeff placed 3rd in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships and was second in the 800 meters and 1600 meters at the OHSAA State Track &, Field Championships. Additional donations to the Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund may be sent to: Jeff McGowan Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 238, Granville, OH 43023. Read more about Jeff McGowan –,

RUNOHIO Grand Prix

The 17th annual Arnold 5K Pump and Run on March 5th will kick off the 2017 RUNOHIO Grand Prix Series.

Highlights from the 2009 Arnold Pump &, Run 5K

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