Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run Scheduled for March

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Jan. 29, 2009 – The Seventh Annual Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run across the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Ga., is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. For the first time, radio frequency chip technology, otherwise known as an automatic timing system, will be used to record the race results, including split and start times. This small device, which attaches to the shoelace, will be distributed to all registered runners at this year's event.

“It’s the toughest 5K in Georgia,” says event organizer Susan Bates, director of health promotion & wellness/community outreach at the Health System. “The Sidney Lanier Bridge, the tallest span in Georgia, is more than 7,000 feet long and climbs and impressive 480 feet at the apex, making the Run both challenging and beautiful. Participants will start on the southbound side of the bridge, go over, and return back, running the bridge twice. The first to start the event will be avid runners, followed by walkers and then by anyone interested in taking advantage of the bridge’s majestic view. The running portion of the event is not for the timid and should not be attempted by those who have not properly trained.”

Adam Sanchez, RN, nurse manager of the Health System’s Brunswick Campus Emergency Care Center agrees. “It is a pretty difficult run,” says Sanchez, who participated in the Bridge Run for the first time last year and plans to run again this year. “But it makes you feel good to be able to say ‘I tackled the bridge.’ And you don’t have to run to win or even run at all. You can walk the course. I’d encourage everyone to participate. It’s a really nice family event.”

Other Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run activities include:

  • 5K Walk (will start immediately after the runners begin)
  • Department of Natural Resources Interactive Fishing Booth
  • Children's Casting Contest
  • Children’s Face Painting
  • Entertainment
  • Live Radio Personalities from Sunny 103.3 and WYNR
  • Food and Awards

“This is a great healthy family event for our community,” said Health System President and CEO Gary R. Colberg, FACHE. “We at the Health System are happy to continue to host such a wonderful health-focused event. We look forward to seeing runners and walkers return to improve on their times from last year, and to meet new participants as our event grows.”

Once again the Coastal Resources Office of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have both the children’s casting contest and their interactive fishing simulator, giving participants the chance to practice casting on dry land. The children’s contest is open to all children from those old enough to cast a reel to age 15 and there will be prizes for the winners. People of all ages will be able to give the interactive fishing simulator a try and as with the casting contest, the DNR will provide all the necessary equipment.

Registration is required to participate in the Bridge Run and proceeds will benefit the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation. The entry fee to pre-register online, or by mail, is $18 and must be postmarked by March 16. The mail-in registration forms and information can be found at www.sghs.com, or by contacting 912-466-7007. Participants can also register on-line at www.active.com. There is a $2 discount per entry for teams of 10 or more runners. The fee the day of the Run is $25. Event day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the southbound side of the bridge, with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Only participants who pre-register will be guaranteed a commemorative long-sleeve event T-shirt. Because of the steep grade of the bridge, no baby strollers, running strollers, or roller blades will be allowed. For more information on the Run, walk, or other activities of the day, contact Bates at 912-466-7007.