June 25th 2017 at John Carroll University

The Great McFrick Race is a fun, family-friendly race including obstacle challenges and scavenger hunts around the campus of John Carroll University.

The all-ages second annual Race event is in honor of JCU Alumni Kathy (Frickman ’96) McPhillips.  Proceeds will benefit the John Carroll University Volleyball and Basketball teams as well as the McPhillips family. We invite you to PLEASE JOIN US for a fun filled day and help us make this event a huge success for a worthy cause!


Event and Race Day Details

  • T-shirts will be guaranteed as part of each race registration entry until June 21st. You may pick up T-shirts on Race Day at the Registration Tent.
  • Race day start time is 10:00 am.
  • Early Bird registration is open until May 1st for $25.00
  • Online registrations will continue through June 21st for $30.00
  • Race Day Registrations will also be open for $35.00
  • Children 15 and younger ($10.00) should be accompanied by an adult.
  • There is no minimum age, however the obstacles and challenges are best suited for children 8 and up.
  • A Chinese Auction will also be held on Race day.
  • Light refreshments will be available after the Race.
  • Parking:  More information coming soon
  • Registration Tent:  More information coming soon

Have questions?  Contact our team at mcfrickrace@gmail.com


John Carroll University
1 John Carroll Blvd
University Heights, OH 44118

map and directions

In loving memory of Kathy (Frickman ’96) McPhillips


Kathy (Frickman) McPhillips passed away unexpectedly on May 21, 2015. She was a member of the John Carroll class of 1996 and leaves behind her husband Don, head athletic trainer at John Carroll, and three children: Haleigh, Jack and Samantha.

About our friend, mother, sister, daughter and teammate....

Kathy came to JCU from Cincinnati Oak Hills High School. A highly decorated high school athlete, she continued her athletic career at John Carroll as a member of both the volleyball and basketball teams.

Her talents helped fuel an OAC championship and first ever NCAA Elite 8 appearance for John Carroll volleyball. She also captained the 1993 volleyball team that has since been inducted into the John Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame. Kathy played in 77 basketball games as a Blue Streak, starting in 16 of them. Often starting her season late due to volleyball commitments, Kathy still managed to score 377 points and grab 232 rebounds. Her .471 field goal percentage ranks 12th all-time in JCU history.

Kathy lettered 8 times in two sports at John Carroll, and never suffered through a losing season. Combining her volleyball and basketball team records, she won 187 times while losing just 66, amounting to a career winning percentage of .739.

Kathy’s dedication and loyalty manifested themselves on a daily basis. Most recently, she was a well-respected 8th grade math teacher at Notre Dame Elementary School in Chardon. Her love of education, math, and nurturing students’ needs was evident in her day to day work. Kathy embodied the true John Carroll spirit with her desire to serve others.

An avid Duke basketball fan, Kathy’s dreams came to fruition when she and Don recently attended a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium and soaked in the special atmosphere.

While that experience was one she would not forget, the most precious time Kathy spent was that with friends and family. Whether it was one of her trips to the Outer Banks or Disney Land, or watching one of her children’s sporting events, being with her family was what mattered most.

She truly loved being a mom, a wife, a sister, a mentor, a friend, and a teammate and anyone who met Kathy would instantly recognize her zest for life.

More Ways To Help


but would like to support the cause?  You can support The Great McFrick Race by making a donation.  To make a donation, follow the REGISTRATION links and choose “DONATION” as your ticket type.


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We could use some extra hands to help us make Race day a success.  Please Email Julie (Pavolino ’95) Kolcum or Deana (Bahhur ’97) Crawford at mcfrickrace@gmail.com for details on how you can be involved.

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