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Volunteers Needed for SVMHS Heart & Sole Race

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Karina Rusk 831-759-1843

What:   Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare SystemHeart & Sole Race
             10K Run and 5K Run/Walk
When:  Saturday, May 17, 2014 8:30am
Where: Monterey Park Elementary School
             410 San Miguel AvenueSalinas
Cost:    Adults: $35.00, under 18: $15.00, ages 5-12: $10.00, Tot Trot: free
Charity: All proceeds benefit Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Children’s
              Miracle Network
Information: (831) 759-1890


Volunteers Needed for SVMHS Heart & Sole Race

Salinas, CA, April 9, 2014 – The 17th Annual Heart & Sole Race will be held Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at Monterey Park Elementary School in Salinas. Last year, more than 800 runners took part in Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s (SVMHS) annual 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk.

There are a number of opportunities for runners and walkers of all ages, including a free tot trot and competitive 5K team event. Each 10K and 5K entrant receives a commemorative t-shirt, post-race refreshments, timing by South Valley Endurance and is eligible to win prizes from local businesses. There is a one hundred dollar prize for top male and female athletes in the 5K and 10K races. The top three finishers in each age group in the 5K and 10K will receive a medal and all children under the age of 12 participating in Children’s Runs will receive custom “Just Run” medals.

Pre-registration for Heart & Sole is recommended. Adults pay $35.00 before May 9 and $40.00 after the pre-registration date. The fee for participants under the age of 18 is $15.00, the “Just Run” children’s races for ages 5-12 is $10.00 and toddlers ages 1-4 can join the Tot Trot for free. All proceeds from Heart & Sole benefit Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Children’s Miracle Network.

New this year, runners and walkers can pick up their Heart & Sole bibs and race packages on May 16 at the re-launch of the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Farmers’ Market Runners and walkers can also register for Heart and Sole at the Farmers’ Market. The SVMHS Farmers’ Market is located at the corner of Wilgart Way and E. Romie Lane in Salinas every Friday from 2pm-6pm. This is the second year SVMHS has supported a certified organic Farmers’ Market to promote the importance of eating healthy and as a way to increase easy access in the community to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.

One hundred volunteers are needed to help support the Heart & Sole Race. Assistance is needed in a variety of roles including registration, food tents, course safety, set up and clean up. All volunteers receive a commemorative shirt, refreshments and a letter of recognition. Anyone interested in walking, running or volunteering at the Heart & Sole Race can call SVMHS Health Promotion at 831-759-1890 or

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