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Lub Dub returns as in-person event

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The sound of pounding shoes and hearts is happily returning to Sedalia in April. After canceling its annual 5K/10K walk/run in 2020 and hosting the event virtually in 2021, the Bothwell Foundation is preparing to bring the Lub Dub back on April 30 for hundreds of runners and walkers to enjoy in person.

“We’re excited to be planning for the walk/run to be in person this year,” said Lauren Thiel-Payne, Bothwell Foundation executive director. “While COVID is still circulating in our community, we feel comfortable with hosting this event because it’s outdoors and people can distance from each other yet we can all be together.”

Last year, a 30-day challenge was added to the race options, which was popular among attendees. 

“People loved the 30-day challenge, and we are offering it again this year,” Thiel-Payne said. “It was a favorite among both long-time runners and beginners because it’s a great way to stay motivated and extend your activity.”

Registration will open at the end of February and can be done online at brhc.org/lubdub. Each person who registers will receive a 5K, 10K or 30-day challenge T-shirt, a “swag bag” with items from event sponsors, access to timing to track activity and results, a finishers medal and a chance to win age-specific awards.  

Lub Dub, named after the sound of a healthy heart, is designed to raise awareness and funds to fight heart disease. All proceeds from the Lub Dub event benefit the Camye Callis Gaspard Memorial Heart Fund, which provides cardiac-related equipment and items to Bothwell Regional Health Center and to communities in Pettis and Benton counties.

Businesses interested in sponsoring this year’s event can contact Thiel-Payne at lthiel@brhc.org or 660-829-7786.

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