Runners from across the country will gather in Baton Rouge as Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital holds its second annual Amazing Half Marathon event this weekend. The Amazing Half Marathon weekend is an extension of the hospital’s vision to create a healthier Louisiana through teaching families healthy habits.
Activity begins Saturday with half-mile and one-mile fun runs and a 5K, and Sunday features a 10K and the signature half marathon. The 10K race will be a qualifier for the Crescent City Classic held in New Orleans.
“More than 2,000 runners participated in our inaugural Amazing Half Marathon in 2016, and we’re looking forward to this year’s event being an even bigger success for the children’s hospital,” said Shaun Kemmerly, MD, chief medical office of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. “We love that not only is this a fun event for the entire family, but it will also raise awareness of the hospital and the many activities that families can do together to remain active and embrace a healthier lifestyle in Louisiana.”
Registration fees and courses for the different race categories can be found on the Amazing Half Marathon website. Participants also have the opportunity to set up personalized fundraising pages and raise money for the freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital through a new online portal. Prospective runners are encouraged to register online at www.amazinghalf.com/register and start fundraising today at ololchildrens.donordrive.com/event/amazinghalfmarathon.
There is also an educational component to the weekend, as our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital will host national childhood grief expert David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, for a free community forum on March 10 and a continuing medical education symposium on March 11.
For more information on the Amazing Half Marathon weekend or to register, visit www.amazinghalf.com.