The Crossroads 5K

Welcome to the Crossroads of America, Vandalia, Ohio. Whether you're looking for a summertime showdown or a family event, join us!

The 2020 Crossroads 5K is now a Virtual Only Event

To our runners, walkers, friends, and community members,

It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the 3rd Annual Crossroads 5K. Simply put, it is not our choice. You only have a race if you have a permit to produce a race and unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic, we lost our permit to host this event. We completely understand and support the decision made by the City of Vandalia and understand how an event of our size doesn't fit the current guidelines.

That said, here's what we're doing. If you have not registered and would still like to be a part of our virtual event, we would love to have you! Simply hit the X in the top right, click sign up, and register!

For those who have registered already, you will have four options that are listed below. Please note that you have until midnight on June 7th to choose your option. If you have not chosen an option by this time you will automatically be placed into the 2020 Crossroads 5K Virtual event. This date is in place so that we can order the correct quantities of medals and shirts to avoid waste and losing more money this year.

1) Switch your physical registration to a virtual registration and we will mail you your tank top and medal!

2) Defer your entry to 2021 at no cost. You will receive nothing this year but your entry will already be paid for in 2021!

3) Gift your registration fees and we will donate 100% of your entry to the Vandalia Recreation Fund. You will receive no items for this but we thank you for supporting the Vandalia Rec Fund!

4) A no questions asked refund policy. We have carefully watched the situation over the past few months and outside of a few early expenses, we have carefully saved the money of those who registered allowing us to offer this option.

We'll end by stating that we get the frustrations everyone feels. The Advanced Running Project is owned and operated by a competitive runner who longs to race and to produce races. Thus this is obviously not the end result we wanted either. Know that we will be back though and we appreciate your continued support in the interim. Until then, keep running because running isn't cancelled!


Brandon Hough
Advanced Running Project

Here Are Your Options:

Virtual races happen all the time and allow you to join the fun without the crowds. You simply run the distance on your own whenever you want, report your results (we’ll send you instructions but it's super easy), and then we send you your shirt and medal!

By choosing this option you will not receive a shirt and medal this year but will have a free entry to the 2021 Crossroads 5K. The entry to the 2021 Crossroads 5K cannot be transferred to anyone, it must be used by person who deferred. We will send out emails before registration opens in 2021 with a code to use for your entry so that you do not have to pay.

Now more than ever our local charity partners need support. Our charities partners use the events we produce as a part of their annual budget and without these events, they lose a lot of money. By choosing this option you help us continue to support our great charities during this time.

Refunds are not the industry standard but we are proud to have made good decisions through all of this and to be able to offer them as we know the financial impacts this pandemic has had on so many. Please note that choosing this option does not initiate the refund process automatically, it simply notifies us that you want a refund. We will gather them all and process them in one batch. Thus it will be a few weeks before you are refunded, please be patient with us.

Why run the Crossroads 5K?

Situated at the interchange of the 70 and 75 Freeways, Vandalia, Ohio is the Crossroads of America. It's here that in the middle of summer the Crossroads 5K brings the fastest runners, walkers, and friends looking for a great time together. With easy access off the freeway, an incredibly fast certified course, a DJ, free race photos, and lots of great post race food, this is one to pencil into your calendar!

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