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Pink Nose/Blue Toes 5K race to benefit pediatric patients

Published: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 12:37 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 12:39 p.m. CST

Skiff Medical Center once again will bring new meaning to the term “a cold sweat” during the second annual Pink Nose/Blue Toes 5K on Saturday, Jan. 26. All money raised from the winter run/walk will go toward pediatric therapy supplies for children receiving services from Skiff’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department.

Anyone is invited to walk, run or jog their way through Newton’s chilliest 5K. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 8 a.m. in the lower level of the Ross Medical Arts Building at 300 N. Fourth Ave. E., with the 5K beginning at 9 a.m.

Cost to participate is $20, and those who register by Friday will receive a commemorative race gift of a custom 16 oz. hot/cold travel mug. Race day registrations will be accepted for $25, including the race gift.

The course, which will start and end outside of the hospital, was designed by renowned local runners Matt Scotton and Robyn Friedman, both physical therapists at Skiff. Prizes will be awarded for the first man and woman across the finish line, the youngest participant, the oldest participant and the craziest outfit. Water and fruit will be available for all participants at the completion of the event.

In addition, children ages 10 and younger are invited to participate in free kids’ fun runs with the Newton Cardinal mascot beginning at 10 a.m. Winners of each age group will receive a prize and each child will get a gift for participating.

Registration forms are available at the Newton Y, the Skiff Medical Center front desk, the Skiff Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department and at www.fitnesssports.com. To learn more, contact Events and Community Coordinator Leisa Zylstra at (641) 787-3179 or lzylstra@skiffmed.com.