Johnston Health Race Series Benefits Local Heart Patients, Youngsters

Posted Apr 1, 2019 | Posted in News & Events

The Johnston Health race series features two family-friendly 5K/10K walk and run events to benefit two great causes.

In April, the Champions 5K/10K features a USATF-certified course that starts at the hospital entrance, winds through historic neighborhoods, and follows a section of the Neuse River greenway. Volunteers along the way cheer on the runners, man the water stations, and keep participants on track. Before and after the race, there’s music, snacks and even a Kid Zone and Pet Zone so that every member of the family has something to enjoy.

In November, participants of the Gobble Waddle 5K/10K enjoy a scenic course lined by beautiful fall leaves and the historic homes of south Smithfield. Participants are also encouraged to bring at least five non-perishable food items to donate to food bank agencies in Johnston County in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Both events are presented by HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center, with proceeds benefiting two programs of the Johnston Health Foundation. The Healthy Kids fund provides at-risk youngsters with scholarships to a 12-week nutrition and fitness education program at HealthQuest. The Heart Fund provides assistance to financially challenged patients in need of life-saving heart care.

Those who complete both of the timed races each year will receive a special long-sleeved T-shirt at the Gobble Waddle.

Put it on your calendar!

2019 Gobble Waddle: Saturday, Nov. 16
2020 Champions 5K/10: Saturday, April 4 (registration information to be released at the Gobble Waddle event)

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