Archive for Thursday, July 30, 2009

LMH benefit run, walk coming to Baldwin City

July 30, 2009

Baldwin City is one of three area towns participating in the first-ever small town BIG CAUSE 5-kilometer run/walk.

The event is a fundraiser for the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association. Baldwin will host the first of the three events at 8 a.m. on Aug. 22 at the Baldwin City Municipal Golf Course.

“It’s really a community wellness effort,” said Cheryl McCrary, co-chairperson of the event. “It’s not a true running event. It’s more about community wellness with a fun run. We are trying to raise funds for the endowment association, but we are trying to create awareness about wellness in our communities. The hospital wanted to do that, so this is what we came up with.”

Baldwin, Eudora and Tonganoxie are all hosting a 5K run/walk. Tonganoxie will have its event on Sept. 26, while Eudora’s will be on Oct. 17. All three cities are located near Lawrence and use LMH.

small town BIG CAUSE 5K will highlight the importance of physical activity and its effects on community health and wellness.

“Taking an active role in your health is important. Through exercise and regular check-ups you can prevent later health related problems,” said Dr. Kevin Hughes of Baldwin City Family Medicine, which is partnered with LMH.

McCrary is hoping for a big turnout at the Baldwin City event.

“We want families to come out,” she said. “We really want the Baldwin community to come out, too. There are prizes for those runners with a little competitive spirit. The idea is we want people to come out as families and with their kids.”

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers overall and in each age group (18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and older). Awards will also be presented to the top overall male and female finishers. All awards will be presented as soon as possible after the race. Participants’ names will be entered into a drawing for door prizes, too.

“We’re really going to be promoting it at Bulldog Days during the next couple of weeks,” McCrary said. “I think a few have pre-registered. I think most people will show up the day of the event. We’d like to have a good number pre-registered so we can have an idea of how many t-shirts to make.”

To register for the race or for more information on how to become involved with the small town BIG CAUSE 5K, go online to www.lmhendowment.org. Those interested may also contact Melissa Hess at (785) 505-3317 or Melissa.Hess@LMH.org. Informational flyers can be picked up at Baldwin Athletic Club or The Lodge.

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