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5K, 10K races benefit hospital charities at Johnston Health

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SMITHFIELD — The Johnston Health Foundation is registering runners for its Champions 5K and 10K race April 13 at Johnston Health.

The event is family-friendly, with dogs and strollers welcome, and proceeds will benefit the foundation’s heart and healthy kids funds to assist local residents in need.

The USA Track and Field-certified course starts at the hospital entrance, winds through historic neighborhoods and follows a section of the Neuse River greenway. 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 vendor booths, too.

Proceeds will go toward two of the foundation’s programs. 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 lifesaving heart care.

For running enthusiasts, the foundation also sponsors the Gobble Waddle 5K/10K on Nov. 16. The course is in south Smithfield and is also timed and run on a certified course. Proceeds will also go to the heart and healthy kids funds.

Participants can register for both events in one transaction by clicking the “bundle” option on the registration page. Those who complete both races will receive a special long-sleeved T-shirt at the Gobble Waddle.

Registration for the 5K run and walk is $35, the 5K dog run and walk is $40 and the 10K run is $45. The Johnston Health 5K bundle is $65 and the 10K bundle is $85

Visit to register as a participant or to make a donation.