About Us

The 24th Annual Olmsted Spirit 5K Race was held on May 29, 2022 at Olmsted Falls High School in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Photo by Mark Madere - SpectraLight Photography - https://SpectraLight.com

Jeff Swislocki has been the Executive Director since 2014.  He is an Olmsted Falls Class of 2002 alum.  Prior to taking over as Executive Director he ran this event ten times.  He loved the community feel and was honored to take over when the Hosta Family offered.  He lives by the mantra, Service before Self, and loves being able to give back and recognize Bulldog graduates who give back to the community they live in.

Justin Zrenner has been the Director of Race Operations since 2014.  He graduated from Olmsted Falls High School in 2002 and currently teaches math at the high school.  He’s run the Olmsted Spirit 5K four times, and loves to pay it forward.

Mark Madere has been involved in the Olmsted Spirit 5k in various capacities since its inception in 1998.  SpectraLight Photography, his studio, provided the seed money to cover initial start-up expenses.As a Pennsylvania State participant in high school cross country and track, Mark values the camaraderie that running with others provides.  As a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he understands the high cost of post-secondary education.  Thus, his involvement in the Olmsted Spirit 5k has helped bring the Olmsted community together for a healthy, fun activity while raising money for OFHS grads heading off to college.

Paul and Maryanne Swislocki have lived in the Olmsted Community for over 36 years now.  They have enjoyed living and raising their children in Olmsted Falls.  They love to give back to the community and helping their son Jeff with the race.                 

Matthew Stegmeier is a 1994 graduate of Falls-Lenox Elementary School.  Although his family moved to Strongsville, he is still a Bulldog at heart.  Due to years of ultimate frisbee, he has the knees of a much older man and does not run much anymore.  His company Arbor Technology provides IT support to small businesses throughout the area. Arbor Technology designed the Olmsted Spirit website & will cover all hosting and .com expenses for Olmsted Spirit moving forward.