GRHS 5K Scrub Run/Walk is August 27: register soon!

In honor of the late Dr. Mark Johnson, who passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer in February of 2015, Glacial Ridge Health System is holding the second annual 5K Scrub Run/Walk on Saturday, August 27. *Details at

The fee is $25 for 13 and over; $12 for 12 and under. $50 goes to the top male and female runner.

Below is a question & answer response provided by GRHS's Quinn Jacobs, R.N. and E.R. Department manager about the event.

1. What is the purpose of the scrub run? What do you hope the result will be? The purpose of the scrub run is to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage our community to be active. We are hoping for a good turn out and if we can inspire people to take a proactive approach in regards to their overall health and fitness, then I think we could say that the event was a success.

2. Why run/walk in scrubs? Scrubs are optional, but encouraged. Families may find it fun to all wear scrubs together. Some of the more competitive runners may have a tough time running comfortably in scrubs. We will also have back drops for photos and there will be a photographer present to capture moments throughout the event. It will be fun to see all the different colors/patterns of scrubs of the participants. Creativity is also encouraged if participants wish to decorate or accessorize their scrubs.

3. Where did the inspiration for a scrub run come from? The themed runs have become very popular throughout the country, however I have never seen a scrub themed run before. We thought it would be fun to introduce something new and because the hospital is sponsoring the run- it just seemed to fit. There are many employees here at Glacial Ridge who run regularly and to whom overall fitness is very important. I feel that it is important as health care professionals to model healthy behavior for our patients and the general public. Fitness was an important part of Dr. Johnson's lifestyle and those of us on the Scrub Run committee felt that this would be a great time to honor him. He frequently encouraged his patients to be active in their daily lives. He was definitely a role model for healthy behavior. 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. He even participated in the Warrior Dash with a group of employees from GRHS. (The Warrior Dash is an extreme 5K with obstacles and hills that usually takes place on a ski hill and involves getting very muddy). 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.

4. What would you say to someone who's on the fence about running/walking the 5K? A 5K is a great distance to start with if you are even thinking about getting into running/walking. It's very manageable and many people choose to walk the entire distance which usually can be accomplished in under an hour.


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