Elizabethtown, N.Y. (January 6, 2016) – University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s auxiliary is accepting registrations for its upcoming race event. The Doc Lopez Run for Health is taking place on Saturday, March 19 and features a half-marathon, 5K and 1-mile walk.
Registration is available online at finishright.com.
Each year, the race attracts over 150 runners from as far away western New York, Vermont and Canada, with many more from the local region. The auxiliary is hoping that the number of participants increases each year. “This is the second year that the auxiliary has been involved with this event,” said Auxiliary President Laura Sells-Doyle. “Like the hospital itself, this long-standing event promotes health, physical activity and well-being. We hope to continue the race’s popularity and increase participation over time.”
The hospital is supporting race participation through its community wellness initiative: “Doc Lopez Run for Health Training” series. Led by Exercise Specialist Kristin Dooley, this program supports and assists those who want to take part in the upcoming race. “Regardless of whether or not you have taken part in a race or not, the tips and information offered as part of this training program will encourage those who are interested in taking part in the event,” she said. “I encourage everyone - experienced or not - to take part. Whether it’s a 1-mile walk or a 13.1 mile race, just about everyone is capable of taking part in some fashion.” The group meets at the end of each month; and Dooley is able to monitor progress in-between support meetings.
This is the second year that the Elizabethtown Community Hospital auxiliary has organized the event, with the support of Sue Lopez Allott, daughter of Doc Lopez, for whom the race is named. Ms. Allott is working closely with the auxiliary again this year to pass along her knowledge and expertise with race organization.
The Doc Lopez race has a long history, dating back to its origin in 1980 during the Olympics in Lake Placid. Dr. Lopez was a beloved local veterinarian and avid runner, taking part in the torch relay as it passed through Westport and Elizabethtown in 1980.
The race has supported a number of causes over the years. The Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s involvement will ensure that the race continues its spirit of philanthropy, with proceeds benefitting the local hospital.
Businesses and individuals are also encouraged to sponsor the event. “As a hospital fundraiser, obviously we are hoping to keep costs to a minimum,” said Jane Hooper, director of community relations at Elizabethtown Community Hospital. “We would love for individuals, groups and businesses to consider sponsorship of the race.” Sponsorships are available for the start and finish lines, mile markers along the way, water stations, post-race lunch and more.
Those requiring additional information, or businesses wishing to offer sponsorships should contact Christine Benedict at 963-8394 or Jane Hooper 873-3003
The next meeting of the Doc Lopez Run for Health Training is taking place on January 26 at 5:00pm in the hospital boardroom. The topic will be “Keeping Up Motivation& Training Plan Progress.” It is open to the public.