ONS Foundation 5K PLAY Strong PLAY Safe 5K RUN/ WALK EXPO
Posted On: Thursday, October 03, 2013

On Sunday, September 22nd, the sun was bright as the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education held its first annual PLAY Strong, PLAY Safe 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Foundation’s orthopedic and neurosurgery education initiatives.

Prior to the race Dr. Katie Vadasdi, orthopedic surgeon and race co-chair, said, “It seems only fitting that the ONS Foundation host a 5K race to benefit the organization’s education programs that concentrate on the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.”   

The race, a USATF certified 5K course, started in front of the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center (OGRCC) and traveled through scenic residential areas of Old Greenwich.

“The course was designed for all athletic abilities whether you are a serious runner or a power walker,” said Dr. Vadasdi, who is also an accomplished triathlete. Elite runners, corporate challenge teams, joggers, student athletes, weekend warriors, power walkers and families participated.

In addition to the race, the event featured a Health Expo located at the OGRCC where participants and their families learned more about nutrition, training, injury prevention and running equipment.

“We were fortunate to have exhibits from ONS Physical Therapy, EHS PT, Greenwich Running Company and Green and Tonic,” said event co-chair Joseph “Casey” McKee.  Major sponsors included Greenwich Hospital, Fairway Markets, City JEEP, Fairfield County Look, Jr. United Way and other generous ONS Foundation friends.