September 11, 2018
This year’s Copley 5K Run/Walk for the Heart will open the Peoples Academy Invitational as a citizens race on September 29th. “We’ve merged two great events; the Copley 5K Run for the Heart with the Peoples Academy Cross Country Invitational,” said Leah Hollenberger, Copley’s VP of Community Relations. Both events help kick off Morrisville’s annual Rocktoberfest. The Copley 5K will utilize the Peoples Academy course kicking off the Invitational at 9:00am. You can register online for the Copley 5K Run for the Heart at copleyvt.org/copley-run-for-the-heart, or brochures with a mail-in registration are available at Copley Hospital and locations around town, or by calling the hospital’s Community Relations office at 888-8302. Online registration closes September 25th.
The goal of this family-friendly event is to promote healthy, active lifestyles. Heart disease is preventable and can be avoided by making healthy lifestyle choices. In Lamoille County, heart disease is one of the top leading causes of death for ages 25 and older. It is also one of the top causes for inpatient hospitalizations. The Copley 5K Run/Walk raises money for the hospital’s heart programs, including cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and health living programs through Copley’s Wellness Center.
Hollenberger notes that 5K runners and walkers are issued chipped bibs providing an accurate timed race. Student athletes wishing to participate in the PA Invitational must register at athletic.net.
Event day registration opens at 8:00am for both pre-registered participants and walk-ins for either the 5K or 1-Mile Health Walk. Please note that Race day registration fees are slightly higher.
The 1-Mile Health Walk steps off at 8:30am and utilizes the track; the 5K begins at 9:00am, with Awards presented at 10:15am. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Copley 5K, and then watch the PA Cross Country Invitational races followed by the many festivities that Rocktoberfest offers throughout the day.
If you are unable to participate on September 29th, Copley is offering the “Virtual Race,” allowing you to race on your own time and in the location of your choice while still receiving a t-shirt and Copley Champion Certificate.
“We are grateful to our presenting sponsor, Community National Bank, and Heart Hero sponsors the Manosh Family and Spruce Peak at Stowe,” said Hollenberger.
If you are a first time 5K participant, RiseVT is offering to cover your entry fee. RiseVT is a community collaborative working to make it easy for Vermonters to embrace healthy lifestyle. Part of the organization’s strategy is to seek out opportunities to get active that are already happening in Lamoille County, spread the word, and offer resources to reduce barriers to participation. One example of this is that RiseVT is offering to cover the entry fee for the first twenty first-time participants in the Copley 5K Run for the Heart! If you are interested contact Cole Pearson at 888-8249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online registration is available at copleyvt.org/copley-run-for-the-heart; Copley Hospital is greater Lamoille County’s non-profit community hospital and one of the area’s largest employers. Copley offers 24-hour emergency services, a family-friendly Birthing Center, and excellent inpatient and outpatient care with specialists, including Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Services on its campus in Morrisville. Visit www.copleyvt.org or call 802-888-8888 for more information.