MHP Foundation Sponsors 4th Annual Run in the Sun

MHP 'Run in the Sun' 2013 (photo by Ginger Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

MHP ‘Run in the Sun’ 2013 (photo by Ginger Allsup/Oskaloosa News)

MAHASKA COUNTY – The Mahaska Health Partnership Foundation will host the 4th Annual Run in the Sun, on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Lacey Sports Complex Community Stadium.

Run in the Sun is a 5K for runners and 1-mile Walk for all ages, abilities and even strollers. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a short ceremony starting at 8:15. The 5K Run will start at 8:30 am and the 1-mile Walk with start at 8:35 am.

Registration for either event is $25 per person. Each participant will receive a commemorative cotton T-shirt the day of the race, as long as their registration is received by Friday, July 11. Registrations received after July 11 may need to pick up their T-shirt at a later date. All proceeds from the 2014 event will benefit the MHP Hospice Serenity House.

According to MHP Marketing and Development Director Cathy Stahl, those wanting to participate in Run in the Sun are encouraged to register online at mahaskahealth.org. “Registrations will be accepted now until the day of the race,” Stahl said. “Team discounts are available to groups of 10 or more, but those discounts will not be available for same-day registrations. We are excited to see the turnout for this years’ event, as each year continues to grow in participation.”

For runners, medals will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers in the following age categories: 11 and under, 12 to 14, 15 to 18, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and over. All walk participants will receive a ribbon.

“The MHP Hospice Serenity house has provided hundreds of families quality end-of-life care since we opened the doors in 2010,” Stahl shared. “We hope participants will use this opportunity not only as a way to stay in shape, but also to support the community in a meaningful way.”

Many sponsors have already contributed to help make the 2014 event a success. Corporate sponsors to-date include: Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; Mahaska Bottling; OskyNews; T. Mina Supply; Mahaska Drug; TruBank; Digital Resource Partners Plus; Schmidt’s Wholesale, Inc. and Edward Jones.

Major sponsors to-date include: Baird Holm, LLP; Garden & Associates; LaMair-Mulock-Cordon Co.; Lifetime Dental Solutions; MidWestOne Bank; and Casey’s General Store.

Partner Sponsors to-date include: Fareway; Hawkeye Real Estate; Kelderman Manufacturing; Leighton State Bank; Oskaloosa Vision Center; Shankster Masonry; Stam Greenhouse; Wells Construction and ZieglerCAT, and community sponsors to-date include: Van Gorp Used Cars, Inc and Centurion.

“Run in the Sun Committee members are still soliciting local businesses to join other community leaders in sponsoring this great event,” Stahl said. “The MHP Hospice Serenity House is a community resource that will be serving local families for generations to come. We hope people from throughout the community will join us by sponsoring or participating.”

The MHP Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent board and financial resource for the improvement of healthcare at MHP. The foundation led a very successful Capital Campaign in 2008 to build the MHP Hospice Serenity House, raising more than $2.8 million. For more information on Run in the Sun, or to donate directly to the Serenity House or other MHP services, contact Stahl at 641.672.3369.

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