Fort Scott, Kan. – Coordinators of the third annual Mercy Day Run are making final preparations for the race scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at 7 a.m. at the Mercy Health for Life parking lot.
This year’s race includes three divisions: a 5K run; a non-certified half marathon; and a 1 mile fun run/walk.
The underlying theme surrounding this year’s race is kids in motion.
“With the addition of the 1 mile division, we hope to see children and their family members enjoying the benefits of exercise,” said Reta Baker, Mercy Hospital Fort Scott president. “As a grandparent, one way I can reinforce positive life-style choices is to participate with my grandchildren in the Mercy Day Run.”
Dovetailing the theme, the coordinators have 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.
Online registration is available at www.redteamracing.com and race day registration will be available from 6-6:30 a.m. however, those registering after Monday, Septemeber 23 cannot be guaranteed a participant t-shirt.
All registered participants will receive refreshments after the race. The current registration fee for the 1 mile fun run/walk is $15 per individual and includes a participation ribbon. The 5K run fee is $30 per individual and awards will be given for the top three finishers in each age group. The half marathon fee is $45 per individual and includes a participation medal for each runner. The top five finishing males and females will be awarded an additional place medal. Electronic chip timing will record participant’s time.
The course will be marked with safety cones and volunteers will assist with traffic control at busy intersections. Motorist can expect to see runners on Horton Street between 7th and Indian Road, Burke Street, Marblecrest Drive, Meadow Lane, Country Club Drive., Fairway Lane, 215th Street, Grand Rd. and 210th St.
Baker added, “Without the support of our sponsors and our team of volunteers, it would be impossible to offer this event.”
Sponsors for the Mercy Day Run include: All Hit 103.9, Cancer Center of Kansas, City of Fort Scott, Cobalt MedPlans, Fort Scott Community College, Mercy Clinic, Red Team Racing and Westar Energy.
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, visit mercy.net/fortscottks or contact the Mercy Development Office at 620-223-8094.