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Our Why

The Bozzelli Race for the Future (originally titled Madeline's Race for the Future) honors Libert and Madeline Bozzelli, local humanitarians who dedicated their lives to giving back to the Cuyahoga Falls, Akron, and Summit County communities. The well-known, well-loved couple raised over $200 million for organizations and causes like Akron Children’s Hospital, St. Thomas Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital, the Alzheimer’s Association, Arthritis Foundation, Center for the Blind, Ohio Ballet, Akron Civic Theater, Akron Symphony Orchestra, American Diabetes Association, and countless others. To honor Libert and Madeline's legacy, a different charity or organization each year will be selected to receive all race profits.  


This year we are proud to announce all proceeds of the race will benefit Falls Cancer Club.

Libert battled cancer in the 80s and once he was in remission, immediately started volunteering for the Falls Cancer Club. He would drive people to their doctor appointments and sit with them during their treatments. Falls Cancer Club is a non-profit organization that strives to help cancer patients focus on their treatments and healing.

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Can't race, but still want to help out? 

About The Race

  • The Bozzelli Race for the Future is a 5k race in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio which will start and end on Front St.

  • Meeting spot/registration is across the street from Leo's Italian Social

  • 9:30am: Start time for runners 

  • 10:00am: Start: time for walkers, joggers, kids, and wheelchair 

  • Check-in from 7:30am-9:30am (closes at 9:00am for runners)

  • T-shirts are given to all participants at check-in

    • (T-shirt not guaranteed for registrants after Sept 1)

Huge Thank You to our Valued 2024 Donors and Sponsors

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Looking forward to seeing you September, 2024!

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