Countdown To Race Day


SaturdayNOV 3th, 2018at 8:30AM

Matthew 25: Ministries
11060 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242


The Hunger 5K is a fun, family-friendly way for people of all ages to help those in need. Proceeds benefit Matthew 25: Ministries’ work with the poorest of the poor in Greater Cincinnati, throughout the U.S., and around the world.The race also kicks off the Hunger 5K Food Drive, which raises food products for local pantries and shelters.

Since the race began, over 840,000 pounds of food has been distributed to people in need in Greater Cincinnati.

View time-lapse footage from the post-race party below.

What's Included?
  • Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

  • Goody Bag

  • Post-Race Refreshments

  • Chip Timing

  • Race Bib

  • Awards

And So Much More!

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RACE DAY REGISTRATION RATES: $35 Adults, $30 Students

Non-Participant Buffet: $3

You may also register by printing a Registration Form and mailing it to Matthew 25: Ministries, or by visiting our facility to register in person.

11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Interested in fundraising for the Hunger 5K? Register online to begin fundraising for the event.

*PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close at Noon on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Pre-registration is available at Packet Pick-Up through Friday at 6 PM. Race Day registration opens at 7 AM at Matthew 25: Ministries. 

 **Sleeping In Option – Choosing this registration option indicates that you are unable to attend the event, but would like to receive a shirt in the mail after the race. Be sure to select your desired shirt size and provide your current postal address when completing this Registration Form

***Buffet – Non-race participants ages 13 and older will be required to purchase the buffet. Cost is $3 per individual or 3 non-perishable food items per individual. Pay upon arrival at the registration tent. 

 ****Military Discount – As a thank you for their service to our country, active military personnel and veterans have the opportunity to participate in the Hunger 5K for FREE! Simply use this complimentary code when registering online: COUNTRY.



Be a Hunger Champion; organize a team for the Hunger 5K! Gather six or more participants, including yourself, and register as a group for a discounted price.

$18 TEAM Pre-Reg
$25 TEAM Race Day
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Download a Champion Form to help you organize your team. You may also print a poster to encourage team participation.

For further information, please email or call 513-793-6256.


The awards ceremony and celebration follows the race at approx. 10 AM.

Awards to the first three male & female finishers (gun time)

Awards to the top three runners in each category (chip time)

Check the Door Prize tent to see if you’ve won!

Individual fundraisers may qualify
to win incentive prizes for their efforts.

Award categories are separated by gender, age, and Food Group!

  • 14 & Under: Baby Lima Beans
  • 15-18: Fast Food Fans
  • 19-24: Energy Bars
  • 25-29: Cool Cucumbers
  • 30-34: Café Lattes
  • 35-39: Bread and Butter
  • 40-44: Lean Cuisine
  • 45-49: Sweet Potatoes
  • 50-54: Groovy Grapes
  • 55-59: Bring Home the Bacon
  • 60-64: Hot Tamales
  • 65-69: Apples of our Eyes
  • 70-79: Piece of Cake
  • 80 & over: Cup of Tea

Packet Pickup

Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up their race packets (bib number, long-sleeve t-shirt & goody bag) prior to race day at Matthew 25: Ministries (11060 Kenwood Road 45242) during the following times:

  • Thursday, November 1, from 3 PM to 7 PM
  • Friday, November 2, from 10 AM to 6 PM

Race registration will be available during these times at pre-registration rates. All team packets will be grouped together for packet pick-up. One person may pick up for the entire team. Please bring a list of all team members in order to cross-reference with our records.

Important: Due to the updated event safety policy, goody bags will only be distributed at packet pick-up and on race day after every participant has completed the race. Participants who do not wish to wait until the very end of the race (approximately 10:30 AM) on race day to pick up your goody bag, should make arrangements to attend packet pick-up.

Safety Policies

We are thrilled by the growing interest and participation in the Hunger 5K. In order to maintain the safest environment for all participants and guests, no bags will be permitted at this year’s event, except those which are essential to an individual’s health and medical wellness. Bags of this type are subject to search. Additionally, no firearms are permitted at the event, including on the property of Matthew 25: Ministries, event-sanctioned parking lots, and the course of the Hunger 5K.

Strollers are permitted in this event. All strollers and walkers are asked to please line up towards the back of the start line. Registration is not necessary for children in strollers unless you would like your child to receive any of the amenities from the race, including the race t-shirt, goody bag or after-race refreshments.

For the safety of all participants, please do not bring non-essential sporting equipment such as frisbees, beach balls, footballs, or other similar items onto the course. Due to liability insurance restrictions, pets are not permitted on the course.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in signing up as a volunteer for the Hunger 5K!

Please visit to register to volunteer

Volunteers help with a variety of different tasks, including:

•Goody Bag & T-Shirt Distribution
•Food Service
•Water Station Assistance
• Course Monitors

Volunteers must arrive at Matthew 25: Ministries (11060 Kenwood Rd. 45242) by 6:30 AM on Saturday, November 3.  Please dress in layers and bring a coat so that you can work comfortably in whichever area we most need your help (inside or outside). Specific tasks will be assigned the morning of the race.

To expedite the sign-in process, you may complete the Volunteer Waiver Form (required of all new volunteers) and the Hunger 5K Event Waiver (required of all Hunger 5K Volunteers) ahead of time. Otherwise, you will be registered by a staff member upon arrival at Matthew 25: Ministries.


For any questions regarding the Hunger 5K, including the race itself, the race course, fundraising, online registration, volunteering, teams, and sponsorships, please contact Matthew 25: Ministries at or 513-793-6256.

Sponsor of the Week

Lang Financial Group, Inc. – We’re about people – providing solutions, service and satisfaction to optimize your human resource capabilities. For over forty years, Lang Financial Group Inc. has helped companies in Greater Cincinnati with:

· Corporate Retirement Planning (ie. 401ks)
· Group Health Insurance and other benefits
· Individual Financial and Insurance Planning

We make it our business to care about your business!!!

Course Map

The Hunger 5K is a USATF certified course that starts and ends near Matthew 25: Ministries and loops through Blue Ash.

Strollers are permitted on the event course. Registration is not necessary for children in strollers, unless you would like your child to receive any of the amenities from the race, including the race t-shirt, goody bag or after-race refreshments.


  • For your safety and to be in compliance with course re-opening times, there will be a 2 hour finish pace limit.
  • All strollers and walkers are asked to please line up towards the back of the start line.

Click on the map icon to view the Course & Parking Map for more information.


  • Directions to Matthew 25: Ministries: Please visit our directions page.
  • Directions to event parking at Ethicon Endo-Surgery: Take I-275 to exit 47 for Reed Hartman Highway. Head south onto Reed Hartman Hwy. Continue for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto Creek Rd. Turn left onto McKinley Rd. Entrance to Ethicon Endo-Surgery will be on the left.
  • Directions to event parking at CMC Properties:  Take I-275 to exit 47 for Reed Hartman Highway. Head south onto Reed Hartman Hwy. Continue for approximately 1.6 miles. CMC Proprties offices and parking lots are on the right hand side.  No shuttles will run from this location. It is approximately a 0.3 mile walk to Matthew 25: Ministries from this parking lot.
  • Directions to event parking at Procter & Gamble: Take I-275 to exit 47 for Reed Hartman Highway. Turn south onto Reed Hartman Hwy. Continue for approximately 0.7 miles. Turn either left or right onto P&G’s campus (at stop light) and follow signs toward parking lots.

Road Closures & Event Parking

Please note that many roads surrounding the Hunger 5K race course will be closed for the safety of all race participants.

The list below details the road closures and times that will occur around the Hunger 5K race course on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Roads closed at 4:30am:

  • Kenwood Rd. between Osborne Blvd. and Cornell Rd.
  • Ilmenau Way at Osborne Blvd.

Roads closed at 6:30am:

  • Osborne Blvd.
  • Ilmenau Way

Roads closed at 8:00am:

  • Kenwood Rd. between Cornell Rd. and Creek Rd.
  • Southbound Kenwood Rd. between Creek and Glendale Milford Rd.
  • Westbound Glendale Milford Rd. between Kenwood Rd. and Reed Hartman Hwy.
  • Northbound Reed Hartman Hwy. between Glendale-Milford Rd. and Cornell Rd.
  • Cornell Rd. between Kenwood Rd. and Reed Hartman Hwy.

Temporary closures beginning at 8:00am:

  • Creek Rd. between Kenwood Rd. and Reed Hartman Hwy.
  • East Lake Forest Dr. between Glendale Milford and Reed Hartman Hwy.

There will be detours set up along with police officers at all major intersections during the race event. The police officers and service department will reopen the roadways to traffic as soon as possible in an effort to keep delays to a minimum. The Hunger 5K is anticipated to end by 10:30am and all road closures will be reopened after the close of the event, with the exception of Kenwood Rd. (between Cornell Rd. and Osborne Blvd.)  Kenwood Rd. will be reopened to all traffic once all race participants have cleared the roadway and it is deemed safe to do so.


Matthew 25: Ministries’ lot will be closed to all general parking. For your own safety and as a courtesy to local businesses, please refrain from parking anywhere other than an event-sanctioned parking lot. Your car may be towed at your expense if you choose not to park in the designated event parking lots.

Event parking will be located at:

  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery: 4545 Creek Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. FREE shuttles will run from this location.
  • CMC Properties: 10925 Reed Hartman Highway, Cincinnati, OH 45242. No shuttles will run from this location.
  • Procter & Gamble: 11510-11590 Reed Hartman Highway, Cincinnati, OH 45241. Only the main gates to P&G will be open, so everyone must enter from Reed Hartman. FREE shuttles will run from the P&G lots on both the east and west sides of Reed Hartman.

View the 2018 Course & Parking Map for more information. Additional parking options may become available closer to the event. Please check back for updated information.

Shuttle Info

Free shuttle service will be available from the Procter & Gamble and Ethicon parking lots. No shuttles will run from the CMC Properties parking lot. Please arrive early to allow for shuttle times, road closures and crowds.

Shuttles will run from 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM and then resume when Reed Hartman Highway reopens at approximately 9:30 AM. Shuttles will then continue to run until 11:15 AM.

The drop off location on Osborne Boulevard will require some additional walking to Matthew 25: Ministries.

Food Drive

The 2018 Hunger 5K kicks off the Hunger 5K Food Drive, which collects canned and nonperishable food for local food pantries and shelters. You can help fight hunger in our community by bringing nonperishable food items to the Hunger 5K or dropping them off at Matthew 25: Ministries between November 5 and November 30, 2018.

Through the 2017 Hunger 5K Food Drive, Matthew 25: Ministries distributed over 107,000 pounds of food to 40 local organizations. In total, the Hunger 5K Food Drive has raised over 840,000 pounds of food for the hungry in Greater Cincinnati. Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations from local individuals, groups, and organizations as well as bulk donations of food from corporate donors. Matthew 25 also welcomes financial gifts for the purchase of additional food staples.


Thank you to the generous donors who provide more than 600 fabulous door prizes to our participants!