Run for Your Life will take place tonight at 6 p.m., with the start and finish lines at the front of Gordon Hospital. Race day registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. that day near the starting line.
The three mile course will wind through the hospital parking lot, out to 911 Boulevard, right onto Curtis Parkway and through the Derby/Normandy/Devonwood neighborhood and back. Participants should park at Gordon Central High School, said Jackson, and a shuttle service will be provided to the registration area every 15 minutes until 5:45 p.m.
Runners, walkers, crawlers, and stroller pushers alike are encouraged to come out for this 5K road race, formerly known as the Fun Run, to benefit the hospital’s future cancer center.
According to Judy Jackson, director of development for Gordon Hospital, the last run hosted by the hospital brought in more than $15,000, and the hospital hopes to do so again to get the cancer center development off the ground. The center is expected to be operational next summer, said Jackson.
“We are excited about sponsoring the race again,” Jackson said. “As a hospital, we know how important physical fitness is in keeping ourselves and our families healthy, and we want to emphasis that, but it’s also a great way to raise money for a wonderful cause, such as our cancer center, which will help all of our community for years to come.”
The hospital recently made it out of the appeals process required to have the cancer center, Jackson explained, and officials are now putting all of their efforts into making it a reality. The most exciting part of this new addition to the hospital is the linear accelerator which would allow the hospital to administer radiation treatments to cancer patients.
“So, we won’t have to send our patients to Cartersville, Rome or Dalton. They can do it right here,” Jackson said.
This year runners will have chip timing, which is a small device placed on runner’s shoes to act as an electronic timer and accurately record a runner’s time.
The top male and female finishers will receive an award as well as those placing in the top three for their age group. All participants will receive a goody bag from the hospital, which includes a tech race shirt, according to Jackson.
Those wishing to register for the race may do so by visiting www.active.com or by completing a registration form and mailing it to the Gordon Hospital Foundation along with the required entry fee. Race entry forms are located at the main information desk at Gordon Hospital or can be downloaded from the calendar of events online at www.gordonhospital.com.
For more information, please contact Judy Jackson at 706-879-4744 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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