Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K - VIRTUAL

Sat April 3 - Sun April 11 RaceJoy Ready

The 2021 Choo Choo 9 Miler & 5K will be a VIRTUAL event!

Due to uncertainty related to permitting, regulations, and restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Choo Choo event will be virtual. But we're still hauling great swag your way. This year's medal isn't to be missed (it's HUGE, it moves, and blinks!) and your shirt will be soft and comfortable.

The Bessie Express may have been stuck nine miles from its final destination, but the race keeps on hauling through it all. Sign up today and steam your way to Choo Choo glory!

Our benefiting charity

The Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K is supporting OYO Camp, Ohio's Camp for Deaf/HH Kids through donations made through the race site. If you want to help out or learn more, simply click on the big "DONATE" button at the top of the page. You are not required to register for the race to donate.

Additional Race Information

Why 9 Miles? And Why the Choo Choo?

The Choo Choo 9 Miler & 5k pay tribute to one of the legends of central Ohio, the late Silas B. Rutherford.  For the full story of why we cover 9 miles, please be sure to read up on the legend of the great Silas here.  

Gear mailing

Our 2021 event is virtual, and all items will be mailed to the shipping address you provide during registration. If you registered on or before March 26, your materials will be mailed on March 29, 2021. If you registered after March 26, your materials will be mailed within a few days of your registration. You will receive a shipping confirmation email when your shipping label is created. If you registered for the CRC Trifecta Bundle (including the Choo Choo, Blazin' 5, and Big Bad Wolfe - available prior to 2/19/21), your Choo Choo shirt and hooded jacket will be mailed at the times noted above. All swag for future races will be mailed in accordance with those race's timelines.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Available for Apple and Android devices.

Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Choo Choo 9 Miler and 5K - VIRTUAL.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
View RaceJoy How-To

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