If your thoughts have suddenly turned to spring, then make plans now to participate in the Johnston Health Foundation’s Champions 5K, 10K walk/run on May 6 in front of the hospital in Smithfield. Early online registration will continue through March 15 for the event, which is family and dog friendly.
Scott Tart of Four Oaks, who is a member of the foundation’s board of directors and a runner, is challenging companies, churches, schools and clubs to lead the way in promoting an active and healthful lifestyle. Last week, he and other members of the Champions committee promoted the 5K, 10K during the Smithfield Selma Chamber Coffee Connections.
In response, the chamber launched a Smithfield Chamber Champions team for its members.
“Joining or starting a team is a great way for business owners and community groups to build camaraderie, and to be part of a cause that makes a difference,” said David Mills, who is chair of the foundation.
Proceeds from the event will support the Angel Fund, for patients undergoing cancer care, and the Healthy Kids Fund, to support an exercise and nutrition program at HealthQuest targeting obesity and related health issues.
Charity Pate, who is the oncology social worker for Johnston Health and a member of the Champions Committee, says the Angel Fund assists with needs such as transportation and pain medications that some patients can’t afford or handle on their own.
What’s the advantage to registering early for the event?
Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 debit card. Team captains who recruit at least five members will be entered into a drawing for a $75 debit card. Winners will be announced March 16th. To register, visit www.johnstonhealth.org/champions
Other members of the Champions Committee are Martha Mills, Jeff Navarro, Kay Kennedy and Taylor Lee.