Heywood Healthcare hosts 6th annual ‘Healthy Harvest 5K’ to raise funds for Mental Health Initiatives

  • Pictured above are winners of the Healthy Harvest 5K race. Michael Cormier

Published: 11/7/2018 1:45:10 PM
Modified: 11/9/2018 10:50:00 AM

GARDNER — Although they were not able to outrun the rain, many turned out for the 6th Annual Heywood Healthcare Healthy Harvest 5K “Run/Walk For Mental Health” last Saturday.

The 3.1-mile family-friendly course started and ended at Heywood Hospital and was targeted to all fitness levels. Participants had the option to walk or run the course.

Organizations connected to local health initiatives such as the SHINE initiative, GHAMMA, LUK, Inc., the Gardner Rotary Club, and several others participated in the event, providing information on health topics, such as peer recovery, how to talk to teens concerning alcohol and drugs, and how to care for elders who need more services.

Energy was in the air as students from Gardner and Naragansett helped with everything from set up to directing foot and motor traffic, ensuring participants were safely guided through the course. Music from Masters of Music DJ Services had the crowd on their feet dancing, and complementary donuts and cider from the Red Apple Farm, and egg sandwiches made by the Gardner Rotary Club put a smile on everyone’s face!

Top Runners:

1. John Worden V - 00:19:27.95

2. Dan Oulette - 00:19:55.40

3. Tanner Dumas 00:20:01.67

4. Tyler McClure - 00:20:10.92

5. Daniel Johnson - 00:20:28.17

6. Jared D’Arcey - 00:21:22.91

7. Greg Pappas - 00:21:45.40

8. Michael Casavant -  00:22:02.40

9. Brian Stahl - 00:22:21.90

10. Michal Cote - 00:22:40.90

Top Timed Walkers

1. Nancy Leveille - 00:46:23.68

2. Lenny Kasanoff - 00:52:34.16

For a list of race results and results by category visit www.heywood.org/HH5K.

The Heywood Healthy Harvest 5K has been supported by local businesses since its inception. This year’s Mental Health Champions include The SHINE Initiative, WJ Graves Construction and Workers Credit Union.

Sponsors include: Alliance Health at Baldwinville, Andrew Boucher, Fidelity Bank, Fitchburg State University, GAAMHA, LUK, Inc., Plantscape Services, LLC, The L. S. Starrett Company, Tully Walk-In Care, Winchendon Health Foundation, Wood’s Ambulance and Unitil.

Dawn Casavant, Heywood Healthcare Vice President of Development and Chief Philanthropy Officer stated to participants: “Because of each and every one of you, today’s race grossed over $15,000 to help us continue our community-based mental health and suicide prevention efforts, to include leadership of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, MENders and a variety of school and community-based education and care coordination services.”

For more information on these initiatives, contact the Heywood Healthcare Philanthropy Office at 978-630-6431.

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