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News Community 5K & Heart Walk fundraiser for scholarships

Children under 10 run around the hospital building in the free Kids’ Fun Run. The Fun Run is free and everybody gets a trophy.Murphy Medical Center is hosting its 21st annual “Two Hours from Anywhere” 5K Challenge, 2-mile Heart Walk and Kids’ Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the hospital.

“About 350 participants came out last year to stretch their legs in the races, get their hearts pumping, and compete for awards or ‘personal best’ times,” said Kathi Osborne, Foundation Director at the hospital. “Our race is always for a good cause which benefits our area, and we appreciate the community’s support of this fun, energized event.”

This year’s road race will benefit scholarships which the non-profit hospital’s Foundation provides to area students who are pursuing college degrees in healthcare-related fields. In 2011, Murphy Medical Center provided $35,000 in scholarships to 20 area students.

Student runners led the pack in the 5K Challenge portion of Murphy Medical Center’s “Two Hours from Anywhere” race last year.First-, second- and third-place awards will be given in five-year span age categories to winners in both the 5K Challenge and the Heart Walk.

The race course begins at the Nursing Home entrance at the rear of Murphy Medical Center at 3990 E. US Hwy. 64 Alternate in Peachtree. Runners of the 5K will launch at 9 a.m., turning left out of the Emergency Department driveway, running 1.55 miles to turn near Christian Love Ministries’ thrift store and head back to the hospital.

Walkers will begin a few minutes later, following the same course, turning around at the one-mile mark.

A free Kids’ Fun Run around the hospital building follows and all children will receive participation trophies along with their goody bags.

Registration forms are available at www.murphymedical.org/roadrace.html. A preregistration fee of $15 is available through Sept. 12, and includes a t-shirt. The registration fee is $20 from Sept. 13 through race day, and t-shirts will be provided while supplies last. Students are offered $5 off their registration fee.

For more information, contact Osborne at 828-835-7506.


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