5K benefit race for orthopedic research

Community members are gearing up to ‘play safe’ at the ONS Foundation’s PLAY Strong, PLAY Safe 5K Race/Run to benefit orthopedic research and injury prevention education on Sept. 22.

“It seems only fitting that the ONS Foundation host a 5K race to benefit the organization’s research and education around treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries,” said ONS orthopedic surgeon Katie Vadasdi. “What better venue for highlighting the importance of mobility and physical health at any age than a 5K walk/run aimed at the whole family?”

Proceeds from the PLAY Strong PLAY Safe 5K will benefit the ONS Foundation’s education initiatives as well as the youth sports programs of the Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center (OGRCC).

The race will begin in front of the OGRCC on Harding Road at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The USATF certified 5K course travels through scenic residential areas of Old Greenwich.

The course goes south past the Innis Arden Club and is relatively flat for the first two miles. Bypassing downtown Old Greenwich, runners and walkers will encounter a hill as they leave the Binney Park area and enter Summit Road. Then, the course runs adjacent to the Riverside School before turning onto Owenoke Way and on to the finish line at the OGRCC.

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

In addition to the race, the event will feature a Health Expo located at the OGRCC where participants and their families will be able to learn more about nutrition, training, injury prevention and running equipment.

“We are fortunate to have exhibits from ONS Physical Therapy, EHS PT, Greenwich Running Company and Green and Tonic,” said event co-chair Joseph “Casey” McKee. “ONS doctors will also be on hand to host clinics on injury prevention and management.”

The race takes place Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center, 90 Harding Road. Packet pick up and race day registration will take place from 6 to 7:30 a.m. The main race begins at 8 a.m., while the kids half-mile costume run/walk will start at 9 a.m.

Registration packets may also be picked up on Saturday, Sept. 21, at OGRCC between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The fee is $40 for adults, $25 for students 12 to 18-years-old, $15 for children eight to 11-years-old and free for children age seven and younger.

Details about the event and registration are available online at Ons-foundation.org.

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