Runners compete in the first Mosaic Pregnancy and Health Centers 5K run last year at Wilson Park. The health center is combining the 5K run with a 1-mile walk Sept. 19.
GRANITE CITY — For the second year in a row, Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers will have a 5,000-kilometer (3.1-mile) run at Wilson Park.
This time, the health center will combine the run with a 1-mile walk. The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and walkers will begin five minutes later. The event is called the Mosaic Walk/Run For Each One.
“Last year, we did a run over the summer and it was pretty successful,” said Kathy Sparks, co-founder and president/CEO of Mosaic. “We decided this year that we would combine it to see if that would work. In nonprofit organizations, you just try a lot of things.”
Mosaic also will have 1-mile walking events in Belleville and Maryville on the morning of Sept. 19. There will be no 5K runs in those cities.
“We had actually had a good turnout over the last several years, having as many as 150 walkers,” said Julie Mayfield, Mosaic’s chief operating officer.
Sparks said Mosaic started having walking events in 1986.
“We started out by having one location, then we actually grew to a second office,” she said. “The second office was originally in Fairview Heights. Now it’s in Belleville. So we opened up that walk. We had an office in Edwardsville for five years and we came up with a third location. Once we moved out of that office, we actually purchased a mobile medical unit, which is in Edwardsville two days a week. So we continued to have the third location up in Maryville for the convenience of the donors and the walkers in that area. We started out with the walk and it has really changed throughout the years.”
Mayfield said the health center decided last year to combine both the walk and run at Granite City this year.
“We decided that we wanted to have the walk/run combined because we knew that’s something that a lot of other organizations are doing and it reaches out to a wider audience,” the chief operating officer said.
The registration fee for the race/walk is $25. Runners will receive a T-shirt and medals will be awarded for each age category for both male and female runners. Sparks said 67 people competed at last year’s run in July.
There’s also an option to sponsor an individual at the 5K race/walk. Prizes will be given based on the amount of the money a person wants to sponsor. Prizes include gift cards from Panera Bread and Apple iTunes, St. Louis Cardinals tickets, a Canon Rebel T5 camera, a Kindle, Beats by Dre Headphones and Apple products such as an iPad, iPhone and a watch.
“It’s something new for this year’s event,” Mayfield said. “We wanted to get the runners and walkers excited about prize levels.”
Mosaic began in 1987 as the Metro-East Crisis Pregnancy Center in Granite City. It changed its name to New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Centers in 1997 and changed it to Mosaic 11 years later.
For information, contact Mosaic at (618) 451-2002 or register online at www.supportmosaic.org/walkrun.
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