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March 2, 2015

YOLO offers signup for festival of races

GREENVILLE – A person can run a race for all kinds of reasons during the summer- to raise funds for fighting disease, being hit with color bombs or to prove they can beat an obstacle course. A group of Darke County leaders want all the fun and hard work of a 5k, 15k and Half Marathon to benefit the local community. They will host the YOLO Festival of Races on Aug. 31 where all proceeds will benefit the YOLO Community Fund.

Phillip and Jodi Pierri lead the charge in reminding people that You Only Live Once, a good reason to take your health seriously while living life to its fullest. They started planning for this event last summer when they formed a committee of high energy people determined to find a way to give back and make a difference in the local community while having fun.  The first project for the YOLO Community Fund will be adding a splash pad in Greenville, Ohio for community residents and visitors to enjoy.

Half Marathon runners will cross the starting line at 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 31 in the Greenville High School Stadium and route throughout the city on a mostly flat terrain, returning to the stadium for the finish. The 15k, 5k and free Kids Fun Run will be staggered starts after the Half Marathon participants have cleared. There will be entertainment along the course for everyone to enjoy — live music, spirited cheerleaders and wacky water stations to name a few.

An awards ceremony is slated for 10 a.m. in the stadium featuring cash prizes for top performers for all races, including $175 for the first male and female to cross the Half Marathon finish.  In addition, a church service is being planned after the races.

Interested participants should visit for more information and race registration. Those seeking to partner with the YOLO Organization with sponsorships or to volunteer for the event can contact race director, Phillip Pierri at 371-9088 or

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