Hospital event to bring Frankfort runner
By Jason Travis
It's an event that takes a step in the right direction to promote healthcare.
Livingston Hospital Auxiliary's We Care for Healthcare 2018 event will be held Sept. 22 at Deer Lakes Golf Course in Salem. It's sponsored by the hospital auxiliary to inspire the community to get active, enjoy the outdoors and get healthy.
All proceeds benefit the community through outreach activities by Livingston Hospital and patients through capital purchases/other equipment.
Participants can pre-register at the Livingston Hospital Gift Shop. All 5K participants must preregister online at www.ultrasignup.com. The pre-registration fee is $25 and includes a T-shirt. Registration at the event begins at 7 a.m. and is $30. T-shirts are not guaranteed.
Scheduled to participate in this year's event is Macon Smith. A Frankfort resident, Smith participates in many 5K events and half-marathons. His goal is to participate in an event in all 120 counties in Kentucky. He's been working toward that goal for about four years. He expects to accomplish it by next spring. Including Livingston, he has six more counties left to participate in an event. Afterwards, he will become the sixth person to have run in all of Kentucky's 120 counties, and at age 31, the youngest person to accomplish that feat.
Smith said he participates in races almost every weekend. He comes to the sport naturally. Growing up, he would accompany his father, also a runner, to many events.
He said traveling and viewing the different areas of the state is an added bonus. He also calls it a great way to stay in shape.
"I like the health aspect of it," he said. "When you run it makes you feel really good afterwards."
He said another benefit to running is it's helped build up his immunity.
Because running requires the development of muscles and lungs, Smith cautions for those new to running that it's going to take a while to reach a certain level.
"It's definitely something you can't rush," he said. "It takes time and patience."
When starting out, he said he would run a half-mile without stopping, then walk another half-mile. Then after a week or so, he worked up to a mile, then two miles. He said for some individuals it will take several months to complete a three-mile run.
"It's nothing you can rush," he said. "It doesn't happen overnight."
At 6' 5" tall, Smith said running in cool weather is much easier. He has several events he plans on participating in this November.
The 5K Run event at Deer Lakes Golf Course will be timed with recognition awards given. Also slated is a 2-Mile Run/Walk for Fitness and a 1-Mile Beginners Fitness Walk.
The run/walk begins at 8 a.m. at the maintenance garage. Parking is available at that location or across U.S. Hwy. 60 at Tambco in Salem.
For more information on the event, call or text Teresa Stalions at (270) 704-6506 or the LHHS Gift Shop at (270) 988-7399.