Fort Scott, Ks – Plans are well underway for the third annual Mercy Day Run scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at 7 a.m. at the Mercy Health for Life parking lot.
The underlying theme surrounding this year’s race is kids in motion. New to the event this year is a 1 mile fun run/walk designed to encourage young children, avid walkers or novice runners to join the fun.
“By adding the 1 mile division, our intention is to get kids moving,” said Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott President. “As a grandparent myself, I want to model positive life-style choices for our younger generation. One way I can do this is by encouraging my grandchildren to join me…or vice versa…in the Mercy Day Run.”
Dovetailing the kids in motion theme, the committee has designated proceeds from the Mercy Day Run to fund the purchase a Rifton Pacer Pediatric Gait Trainer. This specialized walker allows a physical therapist to begin gait training a child who is unable to walk earlier, therefore improving outcomes much quicker.
As with last year’s race, the non-certified 5K run and ½ marathon divisions complete with electronic timing are available to runners too.
Online registration is available at www.redteamracing.com. Pre-registration is recommended. After September 13, an additional $5 per participant is added to the registration fee. Race day registration will be available from 6-6:30 a.m.
All registered participants will receive a Mercy Day Run logoed t-shirt and refreshments after the race. The registration fee for the 1 mile fun run/walk is only $10 per individual and includes a participation ribbon. The 5K run fee is $25 per individual and awards will be given for the top three finishers in each age group. The half marathon fee is $40 per individual and includes a participation medal for each runner. The top five finishing males and females will be awarded an additional place medal.
This year marks the 127th year of Mercy’s presence in the Fort Scott community. Every September 24, the Mercy Health Ministry recognizes the heritage and history of the founding Sisters. Across Mercy’s four-state service area, Mercy Day honors the servitude and compassionate care of the Sisters who set the Mercy health care ministry in motion.
For more information about Mercy Day Run contact the Mercy Development Office at 620-223-8094.
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 3 200 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.