You can be a part of one of the largest races in the North Hills of Pittsburgh - the St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K Run/Walk this August. Enter by yourself or as a member of a corporate team and you might win some of $2,000 in prizes. All runners are eligible to win one of the many gift baskets just for running the race.
The race attracts nearly 1,000 participants each year and is scheduled for 9a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012. The course is a 3.1-mile, rolling, out and back, USA Track & Field certified course along Meridian Road in Gibsonia.
The individual entry fee is $16 if received by July 27, and $20 thereafter. Registrants who submit their applications by July 27 are guaranteed a race T-shirt and a goody bag. You can register and pay online for the St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K Run/Walk (unless you are registering as part of a corporate team) or by calling 724-443-0800, ext. 5310.
Corporate teams are encouraged! They may have up to five members, at least one of whom must be a female. The top three times for the team will be scored. There is no additional fee for corporate teams; however, entry forms for all members of a corporate team must be mailed in together and must be received by July 27. There is no online registration available for corporate teams.
Celebrity emcees Trisha Pittman, WPXI-TV traffic anchor and Larry Richert of KDKA Radio will be on hand along with hundreds of spectators to cheer the runners, walkers and wheelchair racers.
This event is not just for runners and celebrities. It's a family event with a great post-race party featuring food and live music. Local businesses, such as John Marshall Catering, Pizza Hut and Donut Connection will provide coffee, doughnuts, soft drinks, beer, ice cream, pizza, and wings.
TRACO, a division of Kawneer, is the Signature Sponsor of this year's race.
Proceeds from the St. Barnabas Medical Center 5K Run/Walk benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund. The fund supports the poor and low-income patients of St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas. Since its founding in 1900, it has been St. Barnabas' mission to never turn a patient away because of their inability to pay. In 2011 alone, St. Barnabas provided more than $5.2 million in free care.