Johnston Health Champions 5k

May 3, 2014

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The Champions 5K started in 2012 as an annual fundraiser for the Johnston Health Foundation. This wonderful event brings together employees, volunteers, business partners and community members to all participate in a healthy event for a great cause. With your help, last year’s race raised over $5,000 to support the programs and services of Johnston Health!

Champions 5K

The third annual Champions 5K is moving to the spring and will held on May 3, 2014. Presented by HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center, the race is also being held in conjunction with the Ham and Yam festival in downtown Smithfield. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Johnston Health Angel Fund to support cancer patients.

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Race Day Schedule

Registration: 8 a.m.
Race Starts: 9 a.m.
FREE! Kids Dash for Health: 10 a.m.


The 5K will start and finish at the front of Johnston Health in Smithfield.
509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577

Event parking for the 5K will be in the north parking lot off of Turner Drive next to the central energy plant. Please be mindful of patients and visitors who need parking spaces near the hospital’s main entrance. To avoid festival traffic, take 70 Business to the Durwood Stephenson Highway. Take a right on Buffalo Road and a left on Hospital Road. This will lead you directly to the hospital, which will be on your right. Event staff will direct you to the parking area.

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Entry Fees

Early Fee: $25
After April 4: $30
Entry fee includes a T-shirt, food and water. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those registering after April 21.


There will be awards given for overall winners for first, second and third places in the men’s and women’s runs. There will also be an award given away to the top fundraising team the day of the race. 2013 Race Results

About the Angel Fund

Your participation in this event will directly help cancer patients in Johnston County and beyond. All proceeds from the 5K will benefit the Johnston Health Angel Fund which offers assistance to cancer patients who are going through financial hardships. Thus far, the Angel Fund has helped almost 100 patients pay for:

  • Hospital treatments and other services that promote recovery
  • Medications that provide relief from the side effects of treatment
  • Gas or transportation to and from treatments
  • Wigs, prosthesis or other devices to help patients live as normally at possible and with the dignity they deserve

Did you know that as Johnston County’s population has increased, so has its underinsured and uninsured? Last year, Johnston Health provided $41 million in charity care to eligible patients. Your donations are helping to support a health care system that offers access to all people, regardless of ability to pay. Learn More

About the Ham and Yam Festival

Ham & YamThe Champions 5K is being held in conjunction with the Ham & Yam Festival. This festival began in 1985 as a challenge from Johnston County ham producers to the ham producers of Smithfield, Virginia. As Johnston County is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States, it is fitting for the festival to honor the agricultural heritage of the area. The festival now features a barbecue cook-off attracting great cooks from throughout the area to compete for cash prizes. Festival Website