New 5K to benefit major Emergency Department renovation at Lake Shore Facility
Registration is under way for the First Annual Lake Erie Regional Health System 5K Run/Walk, an event being planned to benefit a major expansion project at the system's hospital in Irving. The event, sponsored by the TLC Health Foundation, will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 near Lake Shore Health Care Center.
"We are excited about this event for two reasons," said Jonathan I. Lawrence, LERHSNY President and CEO. "First, this inaugural vineyard run/walk is an enjoyable, healthy activity for participants within a wide range of fitness levels. Second, this event is a unique opportunity to raise funds and community awareness about our many services and the vital role Lake Shore Health Care Center and our Emergency Department has in our community."
Recently, officials announced a $2.4 million expansion and renovation of the Lake Shore Emergency Department, slated to begin sometime this fall.
According to race organizers, the scenic trail run/walk begins at TLC Health Network's Administrative Office Building, 12644 Seneca Road, located behind Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving. Check-in time and a mini-health fair start at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. start time for the run/walk. Anyone attending is asked to park in the front hospital lot. Complimentary hot dogs and refreshments will be provided after the event.
The course runs up Seneca Road and through a trail that includes scenic grape vineyards, views of a pond and Rosebrook Golf Course. Participants are asked to be aware that the terrain in some spots may be uneven and should not be considered handicapped accessible. For those using a stroller, a jogging stroller is recommended.
Cost for those registering by Sept. 7 is $20; cost from Sept. 8 to 22 is $25. All participants signed up before the Early Bird Registration deadline are guaranteed a specially-designed T-shirt. Registrants after Sept. 8 will receive a shirt at a later date. The cost to register children 10 and younger is $5; shirts must be purchased separately. There is no fee for children in strollers. Additional shirts may be purchased at the event as quantities allow but supplies are limited. Checks should be payable to TLC Health Foundation.
Any school track, cross-country or other sports teams that would like to participate as a group can contact organizers for special team shirt pricing. A minimum of 10 people is required for a team.
Prizes for this first-time event will be awarded to first, second, and third in an overall men/women category and first place categories in various age divisions from age 14 and under to age 60 and over. In addition, prizes will be awarded to the first place employee finishers, male and female, from Brooks Memorial Hospital, and first place employee finishers, male and female, from TLC Health Network.
For registration forms, log onto LakeErieHealth.org or call 951-7000. Anyone with questions or those interested in obtaining more information on sponsorship opportunities can email 5K@TLCHealth.org. Co-sponsors of the 5K Run/Walk are WICU, WSEE, The CW, Lilly Broadcasting, Excelco/Newbrook, Inc. and Jubilee Foods.