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ONSF Play Strong Play Safe 5K Run/Walk/Expo Goes The Distance
Posted On: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dr.Sethi and Dr. Vadasdi

The ONS Foundation for clinical research and education held its second annual 5K Run/Walk Expo on September 21, 2014. The event brought group of elite runners, corporate teams, joggers, student athletes, power walkers and future athletes to the Old Greenwich area.

The annual event included a USATF sanctioned 5K (3.1 miles) run that started at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, passed the Innis Arden Club and continued through the town of Old Greenwich. Following this was a fun-run for young athletes around a course set up on the fields adjacent to the Civic Center.  Throughout the day participants visited the Expo where they were able to interact with the sponsors, physical therapists, physicians, and learn about proper training techniques.

“The race is designed to promote healthy living and what better way to do so than by starting the day with a healthy activity,” said event co-chair, Dr. Katie Vadasdi.

For some, the run was finished in a few minutes. The first person to cross the finish line had a time of 00:17:53 (00:5:45/mile).  EHS Services was the corporate team to place first in the run. All participants received a medal for completing the course while the top three finishers in each age category received an award.

Fifty future stars participated in the field fun-run. Some of these runners encouraged one of their parents to coach them through their paces.

The Expo provided an opportunity to learn ways to better prepare for a sporting event, how to choose the correct running shoe, and which stretching exercises to do at the end.  Elite Health Services physical therapists and trainers were on hand to advise participants. After the race, some took advantage of the foot and body messages. Through interactive programs at the ONS booth, young children were engaged with tablet computers to learn about nutrition and healthy living.

“We are grateful for the support we received from all our sponsors. They helped make this event a big success,” said Casey McKee, event co-chair. “The support expands every year, and it is these local businesses that benefit as well.”

Some of sponsors included Greenwich Hospital, Fairway Markets, Shore & Country Properties, Chase Bank, Jeep Chrysler Dodge CITY, Fairfield County Look, Granoff Architects, Greenwich Running Company and Elite Health Services among others.

“A special thank you goes out to the Old Greenwich Fire Department who provided one of their hook and ladder trucks and manpower to interact with the adults and children,” said Jon Stellwagen, race organizer. “We also want to thank the Junior United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, and Greenwich Country Day School  for organizing student volunteers.   What an enthusiastic group of kids!”

Coming soon will be the announcement for next year’s ONSF Play Strong/Play Safe 5K.