BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 16, 2009 – Each year runners from the southeastern
United States and beyond race across Georgia’s tallest span during
the Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run, a certified US Track Association
5K course. While it is a test of endurance and a day for families to come
out and participate in the other activities available, the Run is much
more than a day of fun. The proceeds will benefit the Southeast Georgia
Health System Foundation.
The Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, was founded in 1994
and provides the basis of ongoing support for the not-for-profit Health
System’s new programs, services, and equipment needed to ensure
that quality health care is always available in southeast Georgia. “The
Foundation Board became involved with the Bridge Run because it is a great
project, a wonderful event that we chose as our signature fundraising
event this year,” says Brunswick lawyer Jim Bishop, board chair.
“The Run represents the spirit of what the Foundation is all about—community.”
The Foundation Board of Directors, composed of members of the community,
works to support the Health System through philanthropic efforts, so that
the Health System can continue the rich tradition of medical excellence.
“Our area is very fortunate to have a health care facility and physicians
that are second to none,” Bishop says. “Raising money for
the Health System benefits the entire community and supporting this Bridge
Run is a great way to further enhance health care services in Southeast
The Run, which will cross the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge on Highway 17
in Brunswick, Ga., on Saturday, March 21. The cost is $25 per person.
Runners and walkers can register up until the day of the run and at 7:30
a.m. under the Health System tent. The Run begins at 9 a.m. at the Brunswick
side of the bridge. Because of the steep grade of the bridge, no baby
strollers, running strollers, or roller blades will be allowed.
Additional activities at this annual event include a 5K Walk, Department
of Natural Resources Interactive Fishing Booth, children’s activities,
including a virtual fishing interactive course and face painting, live
radio broadcasts by Sunny 103.3 and WYNR, food and awards.
For more information about the Foundation and the Health System, visit