LONGWOOD, Fla. – June 25, 2020 – Partnering with health authorities and local government officials to follow the latest COVID-19 safety recommendations, Track Shack and Insurance Office of America (IOA) have officially postponed the 26th annual IOA Corporate 5k. Originally set for April 9, the IOA-sponsored event will now take place on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
Recognizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) recommendations to socially distance and limit social gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, IOA co-founder John Ritenour and his son — IOA chairman and CEO — Heath Ritenour agreed that the best way to preserve the annual race was to postpone it.
“Small businesses, large companies, non-profits, and even CEOs themselves participate in the IOA Corporate 5k,” explained John Ritenour. “Instead of putting runners at risk or canceling the event altogether, we worked with Track Shack to come up with a plan that would continue the event while meeting health and safety guidelines.”
Donned, “the big run with a big heart,” the IOA Corporate 5k unites thousands of participants to walk, jog, or run the course surrounding Orlando’s Lake Eola in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank, Track Shack Foundation, and Christian Service Center. Although the race has been postponed, John Ritenour and the team at IOA are still dedicated to fulfilling the insurance agency’s main mission as title sponsor: collecting donations through the IOA Corporate 5k 100 Meal Challenge.
“This event isn’t just about fitness and fun. It’s about feeding the community,” continued Ritenour. “If rescheduling the race is what’s going to make this event as safe as possible for participants, it’s also what’s going to help us donate as many meals as possible to individuals and families in need.”
Registrations for the 2020 IOA Corporate 5k, in which companies can enroll as a group and invite team members to help reach the event’s fundraising goal of $35,000, are set to remain open through September.
About John Ritenour
John Ritenour founded Insurance Office of America (IOA), a full-service insurance agency, in 1988 alongside his wife, Valli. Under John’s leadership, IOA grew from $188,000 in revenue the first year to $120 million annually upon his retirement as IOA Chairman in 2018.
About Insurance Office of America
Founded in 1988 by John Ritenour and Valli Ritenour, Insurance Office of America (IOA) is one of the fastest-growing independent, full-service insurance agencies in the United States. IOA is ranked 13th on Insurance Journal’s 2019 Top 100 Independent Property/Casualty Agencies report and 23rd on Business Insurance’s 2019 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business list. IOA was named a National Underwriter Agency of the Year in 2018. Headquartered in Longwood, Florida, part of the greater Orlando community, IOA has more than 1,200 associates located in over 60 offices in the U.S. and London.
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About the Track Shack Family of Companies
Track Shack of Orlando opened for business in 1977 as a small retail operation that focused primarily on selling running shoes and apparel. Track Shack Events (TSE), a sister company, is a sports marketing company that specializes in marketing, management and production of active participation events. The mission of Track Shack is that each event produced will benefit the entire community – runners, sponsors and charities. The award-winning professional staff has earned (TSE) a reputation as one of America’s top sports marketing companies. Jon and Betsy Hughes, co-owners of Track Shack and TSE ensure that both businesses support charitable causes, in particular charities that benefit youth and youth athletics. These traditions lead to the creation of Track Shack Foundation in 1994. The Foundation was established as a 501 c(3) organization with the purpose of promoting health and fitness with an emphasis on youth programs.
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