Bundling the series of races is the brainchild of local runners Roger Bowerstock, owner of the non-profit Rocketship Sports Management, and Shawn Daugherty, owner of Good Times Event Services, who hope to increase participation at races throughout the county and, at the same time, increase support for local charities.
Said Bowerstock, “Through the years we noticed a lot of area runners were taking part in events elsewhere on the weekends these local races were held. We wanted to provide quality races close to home for participants that will maximize the return to the local charities and give local runners an additional competition. We hope the races and the charities will be the big benefactor.”
“We developed a plan and Wayne HealthCare got on board as a sponsor,” he added.
The Wayne HealthCare Challenge is a wellness initiative formed in cooperation with local businesses and lifestyle interest groups to make the community healthier. The goal is to spark cultural change, and introduce individuals and families to increased physical activity.
Shelly Aker, Wayne HealthCare Wellness Coordinator, Director of Cardio-Pulmonary and member of the Wayne HealtheCare Challenge Planning Committee stated, “The wave of the future is to promote healthier lifestyles. One way we are moving toward this is with the Wayne HealthCare Challenge and through our involvement in promoting this series of races.”
Representatives of Wayne HealthCare, Family Health and/or Brethren’s Retirement Community will be on hand at each event, offering health information and screenings.
As an added incentive, runners/walkers will be competing for both participation prizes and a season long-points chase in consistent age groups through-out.
A season awards banquet will take place in January 2014 to crown the season victors.
“This is a two-fold completion,” said Bowerstock. “First there is the runner who needs the competition and, second, there is the runner/walker who is involved to better their own health and/or support one of the charitable causes. We want to honor both.”
To qualify for race series, just register for each race event you are going to participate in. You will then automatically be entered as one of the series participants and your points will be calculated. There is no extra cost to participate in the series other than the individual race registration fee.
To register for individual races, visit www.waynehealthcarechallenge.com. For more information, email: email@example.com.
CORRECTION: Two of the dates listed below are incorrect - Mad Dash for Missions in Ansonia is May 11; Run for the Rails in Bradford is October 12; and Sunshine 5K is Sept. 28.