Sacred Heart to hold Wellness 5K walk/run on April 21
LAVONIA, Ga. – March 14, 2018 – St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital will host the 2nd Annual Wellness Walk, 5K and Kids' Fun Run, benefitting the Power of Hope, on Saturday, April 21, at 8 a.m. at the hospital at 367 Clear Creek Parkway in Lavonia.
Proceeds from the event will go to The Power of Hope, an all-volunteer, nonprofit group providing support to cancer patients, families and caregivers in Hart, Franklin and Stephens counties.
Runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels are invited for a fun morning of music, snacks, a 1-mile fun run especially for children, and a 5K for runners and walkers of all ages. The competitive 5K will be managed and timed by Fundracers. Non-competitive runners and walkers are welcome, as are strollers and friendly dogs. Registration opens at 7 a.m. The 5K will start at 8 a.m., followed by the fun run at 9 a.m.
Whether you walk or run, the idea is to get moving for a good cause, said Alex Lundy, Community Benefit Manager for St. Mary's Health Care System.
"Exercise is vital to good health, from preventing stroke, heart attack and diabetes to getting a good night's sleep," she said. "We want to encourage people to get out and exercise more, and what better way than through a fun run and 5K? At the same time, we want to support a community partner that is doing great work for people in our area who have cancer."
The out-and-back 5K course will take participants through the beautiful countryside near St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital using paved, low-traffic roads. Trophies will be given to the top three overall and Masters male and female winners, as well in five-year age groups from 10 and under to 65 and over. Plenty of parking will be available at the hospital.
Registration is $22 per person through April 1, $25 between April 2 and April 20, and $30 on the day of the event. Families can register for a special rate of $79. Fun Run registration is $15. Everyone who registers before April 16 is guaranteed to receive a t-shirt. Shirts will be available to other participants while supplies last.
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