DELAND, Fla., March 18, 2014 – On Sunday, March 9, nearly 125 runners join Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial for the Heart Caring 5K Race and Fitness Walk at the Sandhill Golf Course in DeLand.
Participants enjoyed a free health fair with information booths, community businesses and health screenings before the race on beautiful terrain, alternating between paved and unpaved sections.
“We received wonderful feedback from participants about the course, the excellent food after the race, and everyone truly seemed to enjoy the afternoon,” said Angela Lehman, Florida Hospital DeLand exercise physiologist and ACE® certified health coach. “Walking and running are great cardiovascular activities to help maintain and improve your overall health and well-being. We were so pleased to see so many community members and employees, as well as family members and friends, participate in this year’s 5K.”
Josh Tomlinson, 32, of Ormond Beach was the male overall winner with a time of 20:36 and Sandhya Patel, 56, of DeLand was the female overall winner with a time of 25:59.
All proceeds from the event will help underserved, local residents in need of cardiac care at Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial.
Leading up to the 5K, the two hospitals hosted a free “Couch to 5K” program led by Trey Himes, owner of Trainers Edge, Inc., a 24-hour fitness center in Sanford. Himes donated his time to help locals prepare for the race. Two of the participants were DeLand residents Nora Huth and her father Bob.
“I literally went from the couch to the 5K,” Nora said. “When I first started the training, I thought it was hard, but by the third week, I saw improvements. The first week of training, we ran one minute and walked two minutes, but by the end of the training, I was running for three minutes and walking one minute and it didn’t seem as hard.”
This was Nora’s first 5K.
“When I moved to Florida in January, the goal was to become healthier,” she said. “The trainers were great because you were able to start at any level and they encouraged you along the way. We’ve [Nora and her father Bob] have kept up some of the training, even after the race, and it continues to get a little bit easier.”
Florida Hospital DeLand CEO Timothy Cook finished the Heart Caring 5K first in his age group of men ages 50 to 54 with a time of 31:47.