With just days remaining, final preparations are under way for the second Mercy Day 5K Fun Walk/Run and ½ Marathon. Event organizers are polishing up details in anticipation for another successful race on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 7 a.m. at Mercy’s east parking lot.
“Last year, over 110 people participated in the event,” explained Mary Wynn, RN, Mercy’s Infection Control & Employee Health Director and Healthification leader. “An event of this magnitude requires a team of dedicated organizers, sponsors and volunteers. Together, these people ensure the participants are safe, healthy and motivated.”
“We are especially grateful for our business sponsors and volunteers,” Wynn added. “Without them, the Mercy Day Run would not be possible.”
Mercy Day Run business sponsors include: Cancer Center of Kansas, City of Fort Scott, Colbalt Med-Plans, Fort Scott Community College, Mid-Continental Restoration, Mercy Clinic, along with assistance from the City of Fort Scott Police Department, Bourbon County Commissioners, Mercy EMS and Pepsi. Behind the scenes, nearly 50 volunteers will assist with event logistics.
This year’s event will offer participants two divisions: a non-certified 5K and a non-certified half marathon. All runners will receive a Mercy Day Run logoed t-shirt and refreshments after the race.
Online registration is available at www.heartlandtiming.com. Registration forms are also available at Mercy Health for Life and Buck Run Community Center. Each entrant must complete and sign a separate event waiver the morning of the event.
The 5K Fun Walk/Run fee is $25 per individual. 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.
Pre-registration is recommended. After September 14, an additional $5 per participant is added to the registration fee. Race day registration will be available from 6-6:30 a.m.
The race will depart from the Mercy Hospital east parking lot at 7 a.m. The 5K route will follow Horton St. south to Indian Rd. and turn back to the hospital. The ½ marathon route will continue past Evergreen Cemetery south over Indian Rd. and continue on pavement to the intersection of Hwy 39 and Grand Ave. The route will turn north and follow the same route past the hospital on Horton St. and continue north to 8th Street, then turn west to Burke St. and remain on Burke St. until intersecting with Horton St. and head south to the hospital.
Residents along the route are encouraged to be cautious on Saturday morning between 7 and 10 a.m. Cones will mark a path for the participants and traffic controllers will be assigned to heavily traveled intersections.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the resurfacing of the community walking trail at Fort Scott Community College.
This year marks the 126th 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 or the Mercy Day Run, contact the Mercy Development Office at 620-223-8094.