Columbus, Ohio Ajvar 5K Unites Community for a Great Cause

The local Macedonian-American community in Columbus, Ohio came together for the 1st Ajvar 5K Run/Walk at Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio.

By: Danny and Elizabeta Damceski, Columbus, Ohio Ajvar 5K Race Directors

On Sunday, October 30, 2016, the local Macedonian-American community in Columbus, Ohio came together for the 1st Ajvar 5K Run/Walk at Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio. The race attracted 70 participants and garnered support from over 20 different sponsors and donors. The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) hosted the Ajvar 5K and title sponsors for the race were Mama’s Traditional Recipes and Herbal Science. With the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and race participants, the Ajvar 5K was a huge success.

Proceeds from this event as well as the other three races held nationwide (Garfield, New Jersey, Los Angeles, California, and Washington, D.C.) will go towards Emanuil Plus, an organization in Bitola, Macedonia that provides support for children with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and various other neurological disorders. Our goal is to raise enough funds to cover one full year of operating expenses.

Volunteers assisted with registration and providing all participants with their race bag which included Good Nature Tea, a Temperance Row pint glass, and a t-shirt, just to name a few. Tony Petreski from Max’s Imports set up a Mama’s Ajvar sampling stand so everyone could have a taste of the goodness! All race participants were treated to a complimentary jar of Mama’s Ajvar after finishing the race.

CONGRATULATIONS to our race medal recipients!

1st Adult: Dejan Boshkovski 21:31
1st Child: Evan Young 28:01

2nd Adult: Dimitar Jovanoski 21:35
2nd Child: Mila Saveski 34:28

3rd Adult: Aleksandar Balaloski 22:17
3rd Child: Mila Balaloski 39:20

To view the complete results, click HERE.

On behalf of the entire Columbus, OH Ajvar 5K planning committee, a big thank you goes out to all of our sponsors, participants, and volunteers. Without your commitment, this event would not have been possible. It was truly amazing to see the Columbus community come together to create positive change for those who need it the most. Our collective global society benefits most when we as people all come together for a common cause.

Special gratitude to our sponsors:

Title Sponsors
o Mama’s Traditional Recipes
o Herbal Science

Silver Sponsors
o Westchester European Auto
o Eyeglass Wearhouse
o Stone and Sparrow Apparel
o MJ’s Meals
o Lory Kim & Associates
o Michael Stavreff and Family
o Ohio Sinus Institute
o Temperance Row Brewing Co.

Bronze Sponsors
o Studio 543
o Easy Living Catering & Delicatessen
o Mrs. Ladylike
o Jovan & Victoria M. Calevski Fund for Children
o Rust Belt Pepper Company

Friends of Ajvar 5K
o The Berwick
o Ljuben Damceski
o Jessica Lynn Trajanovski
o Lola Popcevski.

Donations + Event Snacks provided by Kroger, Giant Eagle, Raising Canes, & Easy Living Deli. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped make the race day run seamless.

Special thanks to our planning committee: Danny & Elizabeta Damceski, Ana Dukoska, and Alexis Zickafoose

We look forward to planning future events that will continue to inform, support, and unite Macedonians around the globe.

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