First annual Scrub Run honors Dr. Mark Johnson
If you see a contingent of scrub-clad people running along North Lakeshore Drive on Aug. 29, don’t be alarmed—there’s no emergency. It’s simply the route of the first annual Scrub Run/Walk 5K, an event sponsored by Glacial Ridge Health System and inspired by Dr. Mark Johnson. Dr. Johnson served the community as a physician at GRHS beginning in 1990 and passed away in February 2015.
Quinn Jacobs, RN and emergency room nurse manager, said fitness was an important part of Dr. Johnson’s lifestyle, and he encouraged his patients to be active in their daily lives. “He was definitely a role model for healthy behavior,” she said. “He walked to work almost every day—with his fluffy white dog by his side—and also took advantage of many classes offered through the fitness center.”
Jacobs said Dr. Johnson even participated in the Warrior Dash with a group of employees from GRHS. The Warrior Dash is an extreme 5K with obstacles and hills and involves getting very muddy.
“Those of us on the [GRHS] Scrub Run committee felt that this would be a great time to honor him,” she said. “Dr. Johnson was a true inspiration to many of us here at GRHS. He was an outstanding physician and excellent role model, and we miss him dearly.”
Shannon Polson, GRHS wellness center coordinator and instructor, said the Scrub Run committee is shooting for as much employee and community participation as possible in this first annual event. She encouraged everyone to run, walk, or just be there at the finish line to cheer in support of Dr. Johnson’s memory and the members of the community taking the challenge.
Jacobs said the Scrub Run committee is hoping for a good turnout on Aug. 29. “If we can inspire people to take a proactive approach in regard to their overall health and fitness, then I think we could say that the event was a success,” she said.
Scrubs are optional but encouraged on race day. Jacobs said while themed runs have become popular, she’s never seen a scrub-themed one. “We thought it would be fun to introduce something new,” she said. “And because the hospital is sponsoring the run, it just seemed to fit. I feel that it is important as health care professionals to model healthy behavior for our patients and the general public.”
“When you see scrubs, you recognize them,” added Polson. The scrubs are meant to represent GRHS doctors, nurses and providers—and the choices we can all make to work toward better health.
While some of the more competitive runners may not want to “scrub up,” families may find it fun to all wear scrubs together. A few scrubs and other hospital attire will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis for those who want to dress up for the 5K.
Jacobs said creativity is also encouraged if participants wish to decorate or accessorize their scrubs, and there will be backdrops for photos and a photographer present to capture moments throughout the event.
If anyone is considering running or walking in the Scrub Run, Polson had some advice: “I would say do it!” She encouraged everyone to run, walk, or just be there at the finish line to cheer in support of Dr. Johnson’s memory and the members of the community taking the challenge.
Jacobs and Polson said they both plan to run, scrubs and all.
Scrub Run details
The first annual Scrub Run/Walk 5K will be held Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. and begins and ends at the Lakeside Ballroom parking lot in Glenwood. The route will follow North Lakeshore Drive and loop around the Captains Bar & Grill parking lot. A water station will be provided along the way.
The event will be officially timed by Pickle Events for competitive runners and medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners in various age categories. Overall winners (male and female) will be awarded $50. All preregistered participants will receive a free T-shirt.
Register online at www.glacialridge.org/scrubrun, or print a registration form at the same address. To guarantee a T-shirt, please register by Aug. 23. Same-day registration will also available near the packet pick-up table on Aug. 29 between 7-8:30 a.m. for an additional charge.
Participants can pick up their race-day packets on Friday, Aug. 28 at Lakeside Ballroom from 4-8 p.m. or Saturday, Aug. 29 at Glenwood City Park from 7-8:30 a.m.
Post-race refreshments (including chocolate milk) will be provided at the finish line. Instructors from the GRHS wellness center will also provide stretching exercises in City Park after the race.
The most important detail to remember is to have fun!
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