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Published on August 30, 2016

802GO! — 5k Run and Family Fun

logoRutland Regional Medical Center has combined two events on Saturday, October 1 that are designed to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and to exercise. The formerly named "Get Fit5K" race, now named 802GO!5K, and the new initiative 802GO! Family Fun in the Great Outdoors, make a full day of family fun around exercise, agriculture, games and crafts.

"Rutland Regional is about health and wellness and we have this big ‘yard’ that we like to share with this community," said Mary Nemeth, Vice President of Support Services at Rutland Regional. "It is terrific that we can combine the 5K race with our 802GO initiative to create two-day’s worth of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy."

THE RACE, Saturday, October 1

Kicking off at 8am is registration for the 802GO!5K race with runners able to register up until 9:30am. At 9:30am the kid’s fun run begins and at 10am the 5K race gets under way. Post-race activities with food and more begin at 10:30am with the awards ceremony approximately 11am. There will be children’s activities before, during and after the race. People may preregister here>>>

"We are excited to announce this year’s 5K fun run and walk, combining it with the 802Go Family Fun day," said Darren Childs, Director of Quality Improvement, Marketing & PR. "We hope people will come out and enjoy some of these great activities, there’s so much to choose from. Last year’s race had 200 participants and we hope to top that number this year."

FAMILY FUN - Students on Friday, September 31, Public on Saturday, October 1

Beginning on Friday, September 31, Rutland Regional will be once again welcoming elementary school students from the region to participate in this second of the four seasonal outdoor events near the hospital as part of the 802GO! Family Fun in the Great Outdoors initiative. This past June, students planted sunflowers and pumpkins in a green space on the west side of the hospital’s main campus within the recreational path called "The Loop". On Friday, September 31, the students will return to enjoy the approximately 1-1/2+ acres of pumpkins and sunflowers that are now growing and thriving. The students will take part in various 45 minute activities facilitated by volunteers from all partnering organizations. Activities, some under a tent and other just outside the tent, include creating birdfeeders from sunflowers, art activities with natural leaves, sunflower maze, painting and decorating pumpkins and much more.

On Saturday, during the 802GO!5K race, families and children can enjoy the same activities that were available to the school children the day before as well as take part in the Kids’ Fun Run, and other festivities relating to the 5K race.

802GO! Family Fun in the Great Outdoors is an ongoing collaborative partnership with Carpenter and Costin’s Come Alive Outside, College of St. Joseph’s Marble Valley Grows, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department, Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

802GO!5K is a moderately challenging 3.2 mile circular route that starts and ends at Rutland Regional Medical Center and is open to runners and walkers of all abilities. Proceeds from the race benefit the In-Home Asthma Program, The presenting sponsor is Carpenter & Costin.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center is the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont with a national reputation for outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. US News & World Report has recognized Rutland Regional as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, and Healthgrades® named Rutland Regional among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, along with "high performing" designations for its clinical performance in Pacemaker Procedures, Prostate Surgery and Total Knee Replacement. Recently designated for a second time, Rutland Regional is a Magnet® hospital, providing the highest level of recognition for quality nursing care.


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