Published on April 01, 2019

2019 Championship Race

Johnston Health Race Series Benefits Local Heart Patients, Youngsters

The Johnston Health race series features two family-friendly 5K/10K walk and run events to benefit two great causes.

In April, the Champions 5K/10K features a USATF-certified course that starts at the hospital entrance and winds through historic neighborhoods in Downtown Smithfield. Volunteers along the way cheer on the runners, man the water stations, and keep participants on track. Before and after the race, there’s music, snacks and even a Kid Zone and Pet Zone so that every member of the family has something to enjoy.

In November, participants of the Gobble Waddle 5K/10K enjoy a scenic course lined by beautiful fall leaves and the historic homes of south Smithfield. Participants are also encouraged to bring at least five non-perishable food items to donate to food bank agencies in Johnston County in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Gobble Waddle 5K/10K participants.

Both events are presented by HealthQuest Fitness and Wellness Center, with proceeds benefiting two programs of the Johnston Health Foundation. The Healthy Kids fund provides at-risk youngsters with scholarships to a 12-week nutrition and fitness education program at HealthQuest. The Heart Fund provides assistance to financially challenged patients in need of life-saving heart care.

Those who complete both of the timed races each year will receive a T-shirt and participant medal at each event. This year, the two medals from each race will come together to form one Johnston Health Race Series finisher medal.

Put it on your calendar!

2020 Champions 5K/10: Saturday, April 4

2020 Gobble Waddle: Saturday, Nov. 14

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