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Hospital & Peoples Academy Team Up For Copley 5K Run for the Heart

August 9, 2018

Sept. 29 Fun Run a Citizen Race during PA Invitational;
Kicks off Morrisville Rocktoberfest

Organizers of this year’s Copley 5K Run/Walk for the Heart have teamed up with Peoples Academy for a new location:  the 5K course used by People Academy’s Cross Country team during their Fall Invitational. Copley’s 5K is being held as a “citizen run” during the September 29th Peoples Academy Cross Country Invitational. Both events help kick off Morrisville’s annual Rocktoberfest. The 5K fun run/walk raises money for Copley Hospital’s heart programs, including cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation and health living programs through Copley’s Wellness Center. Online registration for the Copley 5K Run for the Heart is now open at

“Several of our volunteer race coordinators, Richard Craig and Ron Ridlon, suggested Copley explore having the Run for the Heart be a Citizen Race in PA’s Invitational,” said Leah Hollenberger, Copley Hospital VP for Community Relations. “Cross Country Coach Andrew McCullough and Peoples Academy Athletic Director Natalie Soffen thought it was a great idea and collectively, we’ve worked to merge the two events.” Hollenberger explained that a “citizen race” is open to the public and also enables the parents and siblings attending the Invitational a chance to participate as well. “In addition, combining the two events means our middle school and high school athletes can enjoy the professional chipped timing services secured for Copley’s 5K plus PA and Copley can combine our volunteers’ efforts for a greater impact,” continued Hollenberger.

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.

Copley’s 5K Run for the Heart uses the 5K trail at Peoples Academy while the 1-Mile Health Walk uses PA’s track. A map of the course is available in the brochure and online. Runners and walkers are issued chipped bibs providing an accurate timed race.  Please note that student athletes wishing to participate in the PA Invitational must register separately and should refer to

Event day registration for the 5K Run for the Heart or 1-Mile Health Walk walk-ins and those who pre-registered opens at 8:00am.  The 1-Mile Health Walk steps off at 8:30am; the 5K begins at 9:00am, with Awards presented at 10:15am. Event planners encourage participants and visitors to enjoy the fun run, then watch the PA Cross Country Invitational races followed by the many festivities that Rocktoberfest offers throughout the day.

Organizers encourage runners and walkers to form a team, join a team, or run/walk in honor of a loved one. Advance 5K registration for adults is $25, students (under 18) $15, and 1-mile health walk $10 (both include t-shirt). Kids 6 and under are free; t-shirt not included.  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. Race day registration fees are slightly higher.

“We are grateful to Community National Bank, our presenting sponsor, for making this event possible,” said Hollenberger.

Registration has already opened for Copley’s 5k run/walk. Online registration is available at; brochures with a mail-in registration are available at Copley Hospital, locations around town or by calling the hospital’s Community Relations office at 888-8302.

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