Whether it’s running or walking the 5K, taking advantage of our free health screenings, enjoying a few vendors while their kids participate in the fun run or activities, we just want it to be a fun day for people to get out and move while making their health a priority.”Lindsey Dossey, CRMC
CULLMAN – Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Second Annual Spring into Summer 5K Run/Walk was held on Saturday, April 23 in the parking lot of Professional Office Building 1 at CRMC.
The event kicked off with a new Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run. Awards were given to the top two male and female participants in each division. All Fun Run participants who completed the race received a Certificate of Achievement.
“We hope that it’ll be a fun day for both our employees and the community to come out and enjoy the beautiful weather,” said CRMC Marketing & Public Relations Manager Lindsey Dossey. “Whether it’s running or walking the 5K, taking advantage of our free health screenings, enjoying a few vendors while their kids participate in the fun run or activities, we just want it to be a fun day for people to get out and move while making their health a priority.”
The 5K’s 3.1-mile course began and ended at CRMC.
“It is a fairly tough course with some incline throughout the race,” Dossey explained. “The streets are blocked and protected along the course. There are also aid stations at the beginning, half-way through and at the end of the course. Signs and volunteers are directing the runners along the course.”
This year’s event also featured a Wellness Day and included different stations for free community health screenings for blood pressure, bone density, cholesterol, glucose and BMI, learning about exercise, figuring out the best exercises to build muscle and burn fat and health tips.
There were also food vendors onsite, along with a bounce house for the kids, face painting and other activities.
“We are out here supporting the runners at Cullman Regional Medical Center 5K and Fun Run,” said Dawn Owens, director of The Link of Cullman County. “We are The Link of Cullman County, which is a faith-based nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty. Pure Joy is one of our newest programs and it is a program that teaches men and women who have barriers to employment how to learn a trade. We have them take classes and they do recovery and get mentored so they will stick with us for a 6- to 9-month period and then hopefully be able to gain employment elsewhere. So we’re here today selling the candy, the fruit of those products.”
The day was a huge success and many people were there to take advantage of the beautiful weather, fresh air and free health screenings. The vendors were a delight and make the event extra special.