— The AdventHealth Lake Placid, Sebring and Wauchula Foundations are ready to get communities back on the move with the second annual Heartland Race Series. The series encourages exercise, healthy habits, and friendly competition. Competitors must run or walk in six of the eight upcoming races to qualify for the series, and the top 3 finishers of each age group will receive an award and prize at the end of the series.
“We are excited to partner again with our local community members and organizations to promote healthy habits and lifestyle choices through our AdventHealth Heartland Race Series,” said Randy Surber, President and CEO of AdventHealth Sebring, Lake Placid and AdventHealth Wauchula. “We had three series finishers in 2019 and look forward to adding to that count in 2020. We have also expanded the series into Lake Placid by joining forces with the Mason G. Smoak Foundation 5K. These races allow us to showcase health and wellness opportunities that are happening right here in our Heartland backyards.”
The series kicks off Saturday, March 14, with the Run the Track 3.74 race. The race takes place at Sebring International Raceway and registration is open until March 12 at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Sebring/sebringRuntheTrack.
The rest of the races take place between August and December:
Aug. 7, AdventHealth Wauchula Foundation Wildcat Wellness 5k; Oct. 10, AdventHealth Sebring Foundation Pink on Parade 5K and/or 1-mile walk; Oct. 16, Trick or Trot 5K at Sun ‘N Lake Improvement District; Oct. 17, Mason G. Smoak Foundation 5k; Nov. 26, Turkey Trot 5K at Highlands Hammock State Park; Nov. 8, AdventHealth Foundation Gala 5k/10k; and Dec. 11, Jarrett Family Foundation Jingle Bell Run.
“This series is a great opportunity for us to engage with families on their journey to wellness – body, mind and spirit,” said Bobbie Clark, CREATION Life team specialist for AdventHealth Sebring, Lake Placid and AdventHealth Wauchula. “We’re excited to help our families enjoy nature and embrace activity. This series is a great way to feel whole.”
“AdventHealth’s Heartland Race Series provides excellent fitness and health benefits to runners and walkers. You do not have to be a star to take the small steps that will lead to improved well-being,” added Chet Brojek president of CFS-Timing, Inc. “If you can’t participate in six out of the eight races, I encourage everyone to at least come out to one.”