Run in the Sun is a 5K for runners and 1-mile Walk for all ages, abilities and even strollers. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a short ceremony starting at 8:15. The races will start at 8:30 am.
Registration for either event is $25 per person. Each participant will receive a commemorative cotton T-shirt the day of the race, as long as their registration is received by Noon on Monday, July 20. Registrations received after July 20 may need to pick up their T-shirt at MHP on a later date. All proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit the MHP Hospice Serenity House.
According to MHP Marketing and Development Director Cathy Stahl, those wanting to participate in Run in the Sun are encouraged to register online at mahaskahealth.org. “Registrations will be accepted now until the day before the race,” Stahl said. “Team discounts are available to groups of 10 or more, and can now be submitted online or by paper. Teams of 10-24 will be $20 per person and teams of 25+ will be $18 per person. Registration is due by July 20 in order to honor team discounts. We are excited to see the turnout for this years’ event, as each year continues to grow in participation.”
For runners, medals will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers in the following age categories: 11 and under, 12 to 14, 15 to 18, 19 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and over. All walk participants will receive a ribbon.
“The MHP Hospice Serenity house has provided hundreds of families quality end-of-life care since we opened the doors in 2010,” Stahl shared. “We hope participants will use this opportunity not only as a way to stay in shape, but also to support the community in a meaningful way.”
Many sponsors have already contributed to help make the 2015 event a success. Corporate sponsors to-date include: Mahaska Rural Water; Clow Valve; Credit Bureau Service of Iowa; Mahaska Bottling; Digital Resource Partners Plus; Edward Jones; Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel; Gatton Realty; Hammer Medical Supply; LaMair-Mulock-Cordon Co.; MidWestOne Insurance Services; State Farm Insurance – Kelli Steil; TD&T CPA and Advisors; Oskaloosa Herald; OskyNews; TruBank; Pella Rolscreen Foundation and William Penn University.
Major sponsors to-date include: Oskaloosa Chiropractic; MidWestOne Bank; Garden & Associates; Casey’s General Store; Supplemental Insurance Services, Inc. and Baird Holm, LLP.
Partner Sponsors to-date include: Centurion; Kelderman Manufacturing; Klyn’s Tire; Lifetime Dental Solutions; Supplemental Insurance Services, Inc.; Henkel Construction and Stam’s Greenhouse.
“Run in the Sun Committee members are still soliciting local businesses to join other community leaders in sponsoring this great event,” Stahl said. “The MHP Hospice Serenity House is a community resource that will be serving local families for generations to come. We hope people from throughout the community will join us by sponsoring or participating.”
The MHP Foundation was established in 1994 as an independent board and financial resource for the improvement of healthcare at MHP. The foundation led a very successful Capital Campaign in 2008 to build the MHP Hospice Serenity House, raising more than $2.8 million. For more information on Run in the Sun, or to donate directly to the Serenity House or other MHP services, contact Stahl at 641.672.3369.