Capt. Jack Long won’t be at this year’s Midnight Express, but his legacy will have a place at the popular 5K race.
Long, a Columbus police veteran who died in July after battling cancer, coordinated security at the Country’s Barbecue race for 20-plus years, according to Scott Ressmeyer, a partner with Country’s.
"He was just a fixture of the race. It’s going to be sad without seeing him there," Ressmeyer said.
So it’s fitting that this year's race T-shirt pays tribute to Long. It features a steam engine that reads "CPT. LONG." The photo accompanying this article shows the image that's displayed on the race T-shirt.
This 5K race annually attracts thousands of people and is one of Columbus’ biggest events. The race is at midnight, but you can expect live music beginning at 7 p.m. The Erin Hill Band and Classic Addict will perform.
It all happens at Country’s Barbecue, 3137 Mercury Drive in Columbus. Early registration costs $20 and is open through Aug. 22. Late registration costs $25 and is open through 11:30 p.m. on the night of the race.
Runners will receive a race T-shirt and post-race refreshments, including a barbecue sandwich. The event benefits visually impaired people in our community.
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