Seniors to give neighbors a run for their money with Third Annual Eastgate 5K Run/Walk on Thursday, September 18

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Beacon Hill – Grand Rapids’ premier CCRC – joins Eastgate Neighborhood Association for annual fundraising race

Hundreds are expected to convene at Beacon Hill at Eastgate – Grand Rapids’ premier continuing care retirement community – for the third annual Eastgate 5K at 6:30 p.m. on September 18.

It’s a community event that bridges the generations, with senior citizens and junior athletes alike racing for the finish line.

Hundreds of local runners, walkers and neighborhood watchers are expected to convene at Beacon Hill at Eastgate – Grand Rapids’ premier continuing care retirement community – for the third annual Eastgate 5K at 6:30 p.m. on September 18. It’s a community event that bridges the generations, with senior citizens and junior athletes alike racing for the finish line.

The race benefits the Eastgate Neighborhood Association and the Mary and Martha Benevolent Care Fund, which supports the financial needs of residents whose assets and income are depleted.

WHAT:     A 5K (3.1 mile) Run and ½ Mile Walk. The cost is $25 to do the 5K and $5 to do the ½-mile walk. Other event details:

  •     Spectators will enjoy music and food from sponsors, as well as fresh ingredients from Beacon Hill’s half-acre garden.
  •     Race winners will include Top Male & Female; Overall Masters (40+) and Grand Masters (60+.) There will also be awards for age group winners, 1st-3rd place. Top winners will take home gift cards to local stores such as Striders.

WHERE:     Starting line is in the front parking lot of 1919 Beacon Hill at Eastgate, on Boston Street between Breton Road and Plymouth Avenue in Grand Rapids.

WHEN:    Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

WHO:    All runners, walkers and spectators are welcome. Many Beacon Hill senior living residents and their families participate in the event. The event is underwritten by:

SILVER SPONSORS
Mercy Health
Striders
Huntington Bank
The Breton Group
Fox Insurance Agency
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Law Offices of Shawn Weera
Varnum LLP    

BRONZE SPONSORS
CareLinc Home Medical Equipment
Diversified Medical Staffing
Fitness Together
Accurate Plumbing
Tender Lawn Care
Kooi Industrial Painting

COURSE SPONSORS
Porter Hills Homecare
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Gentiva Hospice
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Midwest Juice
Home Instead Senior Care

HOW:        To register, visit https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/101742. For sponsorship information, visit http://www.beaconhillgr.org/5k-race-2014-beacon-hill-grand-rapids-sponsors.php. Packet pick-up will be held at Beacon Hill at Eastgate race hub (1919 Boston Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506) during the following times: Wednesday, September 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, September 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. Timing is provided by Classic Race Management using ChronoTrack System’s disposable timing chips. Results will be posted at http://www.classicrace.com

WHY:     Building a sense of community is a priority for the Beacon Hill continuing care retirement community. The Eastgate 5K joins Beacon Hill residents with their surrounding neighbors in Eastgate for a fun evening together. The Eastgate 5K raises money for the Eastgate Neighborhood Association and the Mary and Martha Benevolent Care Fund, which provides financial support to Beacon Hill senior living residents. Beacon Hill never asks a resident to leave for financial reasons.

About Beacon Hill at Eastgate
Beacon Hill at Eastgate is Grand Rapids’ premier continuing care retirement community offering progressive, independent living and health care environments to active seniors since 1951 when it opened as Michigan Christian Home. Today it offers customizable apartment homes and provides on-site services to meet residents’ future housing, care, health and social needs. The independent living addition at 1919 Boston Street opened in November 2010 and is now filled to capacity. An expansion set to begin in summer 2015 will enable the community to serve more seniors, enhance community amenities and continue to enrich the lives of its residents. For more information, visit: http://www.beaconhillgr.org
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