Running Team: Rosie Miller, Jacque Miller, Matt Miller, Holy Miller, Shane Miller
Date: May 1995 – 2000, 2001- 2008
I created this 5K race and as a member of the Rotary Club, I got the club to sponsor and co-administer it. Since I was administering the City of Moraine Heritage Festival, I held the run on the Saturday morning of the three-day festival. I could not participate in the race since I was race director but Rosie ran it often and all four kids ran the race with Rosie a couple years. The race began at the main festival tent behind the Moraine Natatorium, continued west through the city streets to Apple Plat and back. Rosie always finished in the top three woman overall unless she ran slow to be with the kids. In 2002 (Photo #3) she finished 2nd overall woman.
In 2001 we moved the Moraine Heritage Festival to late June. Moraine Parks & Recreation Department then sponsored the race. In 2006 Matt finished as the Top Male Moraine Employee Finisher and in 2008 Matt was the Top Moraine Resident Male Finisher (Photos #4 & #5).
Running Team: Rosie Miller, Dave Miller, Jacque Miller
Date: November 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1995-1999, 2007-2012
A family tradition, we ran this popular 5-mile race Thanksgiving morning race at least 15 times. My excuse to run it was that I worked up a great appetite for the turkey dinner later in the day. For 6 or 7 years after the race I quickly returned and opened the PRC for Thanksgiving aerobics class. The PRC was closed for Thanksgiving, but I volunteered to open it for an hour for class and participants attended for no charge providing that they brought canned goods which would be given to needy families.
In 2010, Jacque returned from college with Ohio State University friend Corey, and they ran the race with us. They dressed up like Plymouth Rock and won 3rd place plaques in the pre-race costume contest. They then ran the five miles wearing their rock costume. The race started in downtown Miamisburg, ran south to Rice Field and then back downtown. There was always a half dozen or more runners dressed up as Santa Claus. My favorite costume was the man who ran wearing a complete scuba outfit including flippers. I still remember the slap, slap, slap of them hitting the pavement. The weather was always cold but once you got running you warmed up. With 6,000+ participants I was content to just jog with the masses, but I think Rosie did place in her age group once back in the 1980’s.
Running Team: Rosie Miller, Dave Miller, Matt Miller, Jacque Miller, Holly Miller, Shane Miller
Date: October 1985 – 1988, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005-2007
This was always a memorable, fun family race. This 3.1-mile race was always had 1,000 runners as a Halloween costume contest was held before the race and runners could also run in costumes if they wished. The race began at the Downtown Dayton YMCA (pre-Riverscape Metropark), ran north on Riverside Drive, across Helena Street Bridge and then back south on the luminary lite bikeway. On October 23, 2001, at age 10 this was Matt’s first 5K run ever. Matt ran 31:50. We would celebrate with twinkies after the race because Hostess Cakes was one of the sponsors. Holly loved this race, seeing runners in costume but her best memory was the free Dominos pizza and cookies after the race. Jacque remembers the race sometimes being cold and dark when she finished but the post-race food and hot pizza made up for it. In high school Jacque looked like movie star Angelina Jolie so several runners thought that Jacque was her or dressed up like her. Jacque and the kids remember one year that Rosie dressed up as an annoying clown and carried plastic clapper hands. Jacque said the clapping and moms annoying comments bothered everyone the entire race. All runners always received a nice warm sweatshirt as part of the entry fee. One photo shows Rosie (far left) in the pre-race costume contest. As for placing, we always treated this as a family fun run and jogged with the kids except in 1988 when Rosie finished as the 10th woman overall with a time of 57 minutes 31 seconds.
Date: July 4, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1995, 2002
This popular July 4th race started at Centerville High School and ran west down State Route 725 past the car show and craft booths and eventually turned around and ran back east on Route 725 ending along the track inside the Centerville football stadium. Runners had to finish before the Centerville Parade began. In 2002 I ran with Moraine Police Officer Denise Smith and a couple other MPD employees. Rosie and I ran it three times and Rosie once by herself. In 1986 Rosie won a trophy finishing fourth in her woman’s 25-29 age group with a time of 35:29. In 1992, Rosie was the 5th Overall Woman and won her 30-34 age group with a fast 20 minute 30 second run.
This 3.1-mile race began outside Withrow Gymnasium and winded its way through the beautiful Miami University campus. It was a different course than the Red Brick Run and was the first time I got to see all the campus from dormitories to athletic facilities and educational buildings. Four friends joined us to run the race. Rosie was the third overall woman and won a trophy. Our friend Donna placed in her age group and won a medal. After the race we all enjoyed lunch at a popular local pub on High Street.
We ran this 6.2 mile race several times. The course began downtown by Hobart Arena, ran north out of town and the halfway point was running through a picturesque, covered bridge. The best part was crossing the finish line and each runner receiving a free, freshly picked basket of delicious strawberries straight from a local Troy farm. Rosie placed in her age group in 1984 and 1986.
Dayton Daily News sponsored this 8.6-mile race beginning in 1978. At the inaugural June 10, 1978, race I finished the 8.6-mile race in 1,111th place out of 2,151 runners. I had just graduated from college and was used to running 5K races so this was quite an increase in mileage, and I sure felt it in that hot weather. I ran with some Moraine kids who were in my Moraine Jogging Club. In River Run V in 1982 Rosie ran a nice 59:53 race and whipped me by about by about 20 minutes. In River Run VIII in 1985 which was now 9.2 miles, Rosie was the 29th woman to cross the finish line with a time of 76:50. Rosie’s great run placed her third in the woman’s 25 to 29 age group. Rosie ran in the 1986 race, and she finished 286th out of over 1,000 runners who finished the race. The 1986 time of 1 hour 8 minutes gave Rosie fourth place in her 25-29 age group. The River Run started at the DDNews building downtown and was a big loop on the bike trail on each side of the Miami River. It was a fun race to participate in.
I love reading the Sunday newspaper comic strip section. Did you know that the first published comic strip in the USA was written and drawn by Lancaster native Richard Outcault? Outcault (1863-1928) was the illustrator and creator of “The Yellow Kid” series. He also created the popular Buster Brown series, then licensed the character to several businesses. Buster Brown is best remembered associated with Buster Brown Shoes. Cartoonist Outcault is considered a key pioneer of the modern comic strip. Two large illustrations are displayed in downtown Lancaster as part of a mural on the side of the county library.
Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller, Holly Eller, Carin Bell, Valerie Bell
Date: October 18, 2023
Since Josh is one of my six favorite adventurers listed on my web site, I got the opportunity to buy five tickets and attend his presentation at Victoria Theater. His show was called “An Evening of Ghosts, Monsters, and Tales of Adventure” and he talked about his early life, his interest in travel and adventure and how he came about hosting “Destination Truth” and “Expedition Unknown”. And best of all, we got to meet him before the show. When he was talking about “Destination Truth”, he showed video of the show about the island of possessed dolls located on a small island along a canal in Mexico City. This was one of our favorite shows and one of the scariest paranormal segments he has ever investigated. Jacque was disappointed that she could not attend as she gave birth to baby John the day before and Matt was going to attend but he had a mandatory training day at work, so the Bell family subbed for them. I added a photo of a Yeti/Bigfoot footprint that Josh’s team found in Nepal. The cast was donated to an exhibit at Disney World.
Competing in the 1986 race, Rosie finished 3rd in her age group with a 42.48 time over the 6.2-mile race. Rosie received her award from USA Olympian Nancy Hogshead who won three swimming Gold Medals two years before. The following year we both ran the race and Rosie ran a 43:14 and I ran a 45:12. The race began at Good Sam Hospital and ran mostly on city streets through central Dayton and past the Dayton Art Institute.