Barberton’s 17th Annual Jeep Davis 5K Honors Olympic Legend and Legacy


Barberton, OH – August 26, 2015 The 17th annual Jeep Davis Memorial 5K presented by Medical Mutual will be Saturday, September 5, 2015, at 9 a.m. at Lake Anna in Barberton. Organized by the Barberton Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Barberton Community Foundation, the 5K race continues a rich tradition of community and regional support for Barberton athletics as it helps fund youth sports projects, programs, and individuals through the Jeep Davis Olympic Hopeful Fund.

The Jeep Davis Memorial 5K is part of the prestigious Subway Challenge Series, a season-long series of races in which runners accumulate points and earn prizes, drawing runners both locally and from across the region.

This year’s event includes a walking division, along the new route including the Medical Mutual’s Magic Mile and a sub from Subway and your beverage of choice.

The Jeep Davis Memorial 5K will end in front of the Barberton Public Library, where there stands a bronze statue of the late Glenn “Jeep” Davis, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Jeep’s Legacy through Grant Funding

With the desire to see Barberton’s magic continue in Barberton, Glenn “Jeep” Davis established the Jeep Davis Olympic Hopeful Fund at the Foundation in 1999, which awards grants to non-profits assisting young aspiring athletes. And though Mr. Davis finished his final race here with us in 2009, the annual springtime 5K continues to provide funding for youth sports programs throughout the community, granting over $30,000 since the fund’s inception.

In coordination with the event, Barberton Community Foundation recently announced the 2015 Olympic Hopeful Fund award recipients. Awardees include:

  • Lake Anna YMCA – $1,430 to help fund Barberton youth’s middle school basketball traveling league.
  • Barberton Youth Soccer Association –$1,250 for the Columbus Crew to come to Barberton and provide a mini clinic for all Barberton youth soccer participants.
  • Barberton Youth Football and Cheerleading – $1,609 to help fund equipment that meets safety requirements as well as contribute to the growth and development of the players
  • Buckeye Youth Outdoors – $1,311 to help fund Barberton youth resident, Joe Polacek, to compete in the state and local tournaments for trap shooting

For more information on the 5K and application information on the Jeep Davis Olympic Hopeful Fund, please contact the Foundation at (330) 745-5995.

About the Barberton Community Foundation
Established in 1996, the Foundation has awarded over 2,500 grants and scholarships totaling more than $78 million since its inception and invested over $12 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton. The mission of the Barberton Community Foundation is to strengthen the Barberton community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving, especially in support of the City of Barberton, the Barberton School District, and public health. For more information, visit www.barbertoncf.org.

About Jeep Davis
Glenn ‘‘Jeep’’ Davis call Barberton his hometown and was known as the greatest hurdler in the world after winning gold medals in the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics. After careers on and off the track and field, Davis returned to Barberton to teach mechanical drawing and driver’s education at the high school. He continued to find opportunities to keep working with kids up until his passing, January 28, 2009. Known as a remarkable and humble person who always had a kind word, he was a former three-time Olympic champion, Sullivan Award winner, 26-time Big Ten champion at Ohio State and four-time NCAA champion. Jeep held five world track & field records and also played for the NFL’s Detroit Lions.