Editor’s Note: The Athens Messenger is partnering with organizers of the upcoming Race for a Reason to promote the many charities this event benefits through participants’ donations. New this year is the “Racing With the Athens Stars” initiative, which features “local celebrities” and their Reasons for participating.

This week we’re featuring Peter Kotses and Rebecca Robison-Miller. This feature appears in the Sunday, April 21 newspaper on Page A3. 

Name: Peter Kotses

Job Title: Owner of Athens Bicycle; At-Large Representative, Athens City Council

What is your Race Reason?

Athens County Foundation, specifically the Athens County Trails Fund.

What made you choose that Reason?

This is a new fund created by the Athens County Foundation to be a resource for public lands. I see improving access to public lands as a key component in the future of our region. Adding additional economic streams; helping improve the health and well-being of our citizens to add a new sense of place and community pride to our already rich history; development of new parks and outdoor places; these check all those boxes. This development adds to the portfolio of our region and is our competitive edge compared to other places.

What else should people know about that organization/Reason?

Athens County Trails Fund will be used for maintenance, enhancement, planning, expansion and connection or other value added project for biking, equestrian, water, pedestrian and ADA accessible trails, by such qualified nonprofit organizations or governments in the Athens area.

How many years have you participated with Race for a Reason?

I have never competed in the event but we have supported Race for a Reason for years with sponsorship dollars and partner events. It’s a great community event that encourages sport and philanthropy.

What part of the event do you look forward to the most?

I like competition and challenging myself to do my best on any given day. Great development skills including practice, decision making, strategy, preparedness and team work are learned in competition. In my life I’ve found competition to be the foundation for success in many other arenas.

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Name: Rebecca Robison-Miller

Job Title: Senior director of community relations, Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions

What is your Race Reason?

Kids on Campus

What made you choose that Reason?

Kids on Campus is a very special and worthwhile organization that assists area children with academic needs, nutrition, recreational opportunities and provides enrichment activities as well.

What else should people know about that organization/Reason?

Kids on Campus serves over 700 children every year. The program is completely grant-funded, so there is appreciation for any assistance that can be provided — especially food for the children that attend after-school and summer camps.

How many years have you participated with Race for a Reason?

This will be my fourth year participating. In the past I have done a tri-relay team with my family but this year I am going solo on the 5K.

What part of the event do you look forward to the most?

I really enjoy watching people cross the finish line, it is inspiring to see participants feeling so proud; it makes me further appreciate the strength, perseverance and dedication to all the “reasons.”

The OhioHealth Race for a Reason is slated for April 27 in Athens. Registration for the triathlon/duathlon, 5K run, Mud Run and 3K walk is available online through April 26. Online donations for these Reasons are available at www.crowdrise.org and searching “Race for a Reason 2019.”

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