North Canton, Ohio: Over 250 adults and children participated in the annual Mercy Health Run Classic on Saturday, May 22. A free kids fun-run kicked off the event before runners began a new 5K course with the start and finish at Mercy Health Center of North Canton.
Canton residents Greg Howard, 27, and Christina Oprean, 19, were the top male and female finishers. Howard finished the race in 16:55.15, and Oprean’s time was 19:22.60.
After finishing the 0.6-mile Kids Fun Run, children of all ages received goody bags and ribbons. Kids also participated in fundamental movement skill activities, which are part of Mercy Sports Medicine’s sport enhancement program.
Runners in the 5K received great food, beverages and post-race massages. Bob Kroupa, 51, Plain Township, won the drawing for two, AirTran roundtrip tickets. Kroupa was first in his age group with a time of 21:25.00.
As part of Mercy Medical Center’s commitment to the promotion of health and physical fitness in the community, Mercy Sports Medicine hosts this annual event with support from Canton Chair Rental, Subway and Coca-Cola.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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