The Hyde Park Blast was co-founded by Cheryl Neiheisel and Chad Sims, both Hyde Park residents, as a way for the community to have fun, be active and raise money for a good cause – the fight against cancer.
Since 2001, more than $600,000 has been donated to Cincinnati cancer charities including The Cure Starts Now.
Cycling registration is now open! Please note that the order of start is the order of registration date, so don't wait!
Run or walk the 4-mile race - a scenic and challenging loop that starts just west of Hyde Park Square, winds through historic Hyde Park, and ends in the Square.
Registration early bird price of $40 until April 1st, $45 after for the 4-mile run/walk race and can be made online or day of the event. Registrations made after June 16 are not guaranteed shirt size.
Join us as we cheer on your Blast kid to cross the finish line! Depending on the number of kids in each age group, we will have multiple waves to ensure a fun and safe event for each competitor.
Race day kids run registration is $20. Every participant of the run will receive a t-shirt and after race snack. Registrations made after June 16 are not guaranteed shirt size.
Estimated race length:
2-3 Year Olds (.1 Mile)
4-6 Year Olds (.2 Mile)
7-9 Year Olds (.5)
10-13 Year Olds (.7 Mile)
Packet pick-up will be at Fleet Feet Sports in Oakley (3235 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209; 513-321-7555) during the following times:
Thursday, June 23 | 10am-8pm
Friday, June 24 | 10am-6pm
Event day packet pick-up is Saturday, June 25 starting at 6:00 AM at the CSN tent right in Hyde Park Square near the corner of Erie and Edwards.
Reese is the true definition of a fighter. She was born into a life of physical abuse and neglect that caused her to be blind, non-verbal and non-ambulatory, but Reese has never let that hold her back. At 16-months-old, Reese was removed from the custody of her abusers and placed in the loving care of then foster parents Chrystie and Danny Blankenship, where she began to prosper. Around Reese’s 3rd birthday, she was so happy learning how to walk using a granny walker and had even started trying to feed herself, but that all changed shortly before her diagnosis. She began holding her ears constantly, refused to eat and no longer wanted to walk, which prompted a visit to the doctor.
After multiple appointments, Reese was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable and rare form of brain cancer. Since Reese was still a foster child, the Blankenships didn’t have much of a say in her treatment, so it was then, with all the love in the world to give, that they decided to adopt the little girl they already saw as their own. Reese has faced more obstacles in her short life than most see in a lifetime. The Blankenship’s have made the decision to donate her tumor for research when Reese’s battle with DIPG comes to an end, in hopes that it can be used to find the cure and keep Reese’s legacy alive.
Can a friend pick up my packet for me?
Not a problem, though make sure your friend knows your address for identification purposes.
Where will the water stops be located?
Where will parking be available?
Hyde Park School
3401 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Accessible from Observatory -- located between Observatory and Erie.
Behind Teller's *FEE
(Off Edwards - located between Wasson and Erie)
How do I know what the road closures and detours will be?
I want to put together a team. How do I do that?
It's easy! Select "register today" from the homepage; select "4-mile run/walk" from the registration options; scroll and select "create a team" from the orange bar.
May I run with a stroller?
Strollers are permitted but we ask that all strollers start at the back of the pack to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all our participants.
May I run with my dog?
Yes, but we ask that they remain on a leash and you remain toward the back of the crowd.
I never received a confirmation email, how can I tell if I am registered?
Spam filters love to block our confirmation emails. Please check your spam filter first. You are also welcome to email us at [email protected] and we can confirm the registration.
How do I become a volunteer?
If you'd like to volunteer for the Hyde Park Blast, please click HERE.
I live in Hyde Park. Will I be able to get to my house?
Special consideration is given to all road closures so the residents have some form of accessibility to their homes. Homes along the event courses may not have direct access. These limitations are required to ensure safety for the participants.
How do I get to one of the stores in the Hyde Park Square Area?
While there will not be meter parking spots available in the square during the entire day, we do encourage you to park in one of the public lots on Edwards (behind Arthur’s and behind US Bank across from Hyde Park school). All of our friends at the Hyde Park Square Business Association will be open during the day! Please don’t forget to bring your wallets and help us support the local businesses who help us fight cancer! Representatives of the Hyde Park Square Business Association and the Blast will be located around the event and at detours to help direct you to a parking spot and answer any questions regarding parking for customers and event participants.
Kyndal Michel Marks
We have several photographers capturing all the events at the Hyde Park Blast. Follow the links to check them out!