SOMC Hosts 33rd Annual Run for Your LIFE Event

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 33rd annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 4 at the SOMC Life Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 with all events beginning at 8 a.m.

In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the Life Center will also host the 1st annual Pump and Run event. A Runner’s race time is based on how many times he or she can bench press their body weight with 30 seconds per repetition deducted from final 5K time. Time deductions will be taken for a maximum of 30 repetitions. For more information and official rules visit www.somc.org/life. Registration for the Pump and Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 participants.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division of the 5K and 10K. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Registration brochures may be picked up from the Portsmouth LIFE Center or may be accessed online by visiting www.somc.org/life/run. Participants can also register online at www.active.com. Cost of the race is $15 per person before Sept. 3 or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants who register.

For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or send an e-mail request to kolarj@somc.org.