RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Following the success of last spring’s race, the Buckeye Hills Ohio Valley Expo will host the second annual “Running through the Hills” races at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

“Last year’s race was a huge success,” Rebecca Stump, Coordinator, of the race said. “Why not do it again?” Career-technical Supervisor Tim Updike agrees. “The race turned out to be a success last year,” he said. “We really enjoyed having runners at our Expo.”

As with last year, the day’s three races will include a 5K, a 10K and a one-mile Fun Run for children 10 and under. Prizes will be awarded for both top male and female finishers in six age divisions and for the Fun Run. The race, like the Expo itself, will take place rain or shine.

The cross-country course will take participants around the grounds of the BHCC campus. It’s a course that Updike says made an impression on last year’s participants. “Several runners complimented us on the race,” Updike said. “Our course is grass; I think that makes it unique to what runners see at other races.”

Additionally, Updike expects that the race will bring even more runners to see what the Buckeye Hills Career Center is all about. “We hope to see the race grow to double or triple the number of runners we had last year,” he said.

The race fee is $15 for contestants who pre-register and $20 the day of the race. The children participating in the Fun Run will not be required to pay a fee. Those who register before race day will be guaranteed t-shirts. T-shirts will be handed out to race-day registrants while supplies last.

Other activities at the Expo will include the Ohio Army National Guard Rock Wall, hourly cash prizes, door prizes, bounce houses, kids’ games, a health fair, local entertainers, the annual car and “Crank It Up” events, and the lawn and garden exhibitions.

The Ohio Valley Expo will take place from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 on the campus of the Buckeye Hills Career Center outside Rio Grande, Ohio. For more information or to register for the race, go to www.TriStateRacer.com.