Organizers for the seventh annual Lub Dub 5K/10K Walk/Run are hoping to see big crowds at this year’s event, set for April 26. Early registration deadline is Thursday though participants may sign up until the day of the race.
Lub Dub, which is named after the sound a heart makes, raises money for the Bothwell Foundation’s Camye Callis Gaspard Memorial Heart Fund. This year proceeds will go toward the purchase of an additional NuStep for the hospital’s Cardiac Rehab program.
“A NuStep is similar to an exercise bike but (the patient) sits back in it, like a recumbent bike,” said Bothwell Foundation Director Lisa Church. “It monitors heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs while the patient is on the bike.”
The rehab program already has three NuSteps, Church said, but because there are about 900 patient visits per month, often patients must wait for one to be available.
“More than 90 percent of the patients in the Cardiac Rehab use a NuStep,” she added. “They cost about $6,000 each so having this additional funding from the Lub Dub will go a long way to purchasing a fourth one.”
The Lub Dub will feature a 5K walk, 5K and 10K runs and a kiddie race for children 9-years-old and under. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in the male and female age groups in the runs and the top three overall finishers in the walk. A corporate challenge division will also be available with trophies presented to the company that raised the most funds, had the highest percentage of employees participate and log the best times in the 5K and 10K runs.
As an extra perk, this will be the first year the race will feature chip timing. A small microchip will be added to runner’s bibs which will allow them to more accurately clock race time.
“We have a lot of people who participate and because of that, not everyone crosses the starting line at the same time which may mean less accurate running times,” Church said. “The microchip won’t start the clock, so to speak, until the runner actually steps across the starting mat.”
Local races tend to attract avid runners who may not be competing against other runners but against their best time, Church said.
“I believe this will be the first race in the area to use chip timing,” she added. “It is an additional cost but McCarthy Toyota has stepped up to be our finish line sponsor to help cover some of those costs, which we’re very thankful for.”
So far approximately 150 people have signed up for Lub Dub, but Church expected that number to increase.
“Last year we had 538 people participate and that was in the rain,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll have sunny skies and even more people out this year.”
The Lub Dub will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the intersection of East 15th Street and South Ingram Avenue. Entry fees for the 5K run and walk are $25, or $30 after Thursday. Entry fees for the 10K are $35 or $40 after Thursday. Walk-up registration will be available until 7:45 a.m. on race day.
To register or for more information, go to brhc.org or call 826-6263.