DCH Foundation Freedom 5K celebrates the Fourth, benefits hospital
CLINTWOOD, Va. – The inaugural DCH Foundation Freedom 5K on July 4 was a success as part of the opening events for the Town of Clintwood Independence Day celebration.
More than 50 runners, walkers and kids participated. Runners completed a 5K loop while walkers enjoyed a two-mile route. There was also a Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run on the track.
The event raised money for the Dickenson Community Hospital Foundation, which was created five years ago and has benefited various hospital causes. Last year the Foundation helped with the installation of an automatic door at the Emergency Room, replaced the TV in the ER waiting area and replaced the Bi-Pap machine and defibrillator in the ER. The Foundation also raised money to provide new furniture and new flooring in the waiting area for Dickenson Medical Arts Building.
“While the run primarily helped raise awareness for the foundation, we expect it to grow and become a major run in Southwest Virginia, providing funding for Dickenson Community Hospital projects,” said Bill Farthing, who serves as the support person for the five Mountain States Health Alliance hospital foundations in Virginia. “The enthusiasm of the runners and volunteers was phenomenal and that will help grow the event.”
The overall 5K winner was Tom Benoit in 20:12, with Katie Dunn taking the women’s title with a time of 22:46. As part of the race package, all racers enjoyed a free pancake breakfast from the Clintwood Kiwanis Club.
T-shirts and medals for the event sported a red-white-and-blue theme. Approximately 15 DCH team members and DCH Foundation members volunteered to ensure that the registration process, race and award presentations went smoothly.