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Monday, May 14, 2012

CrestPoint sponsoring Crusaders race series
The first race in the CrestPoint Crusaders race series, the Shamrock 4 Miler in Abingdon, Va., was a big success in March. The next race is the Bill Gatton Honda Memorial Freedom 5K on May 26.

CrestPoint sponsoring Crusaders race series

 CrestPoint Health, MSHA’s insurance administrator, is sponsoring the CrestPoint Crusaders Running Series, a schedule of road races culminating with the Haunted Half Marathon on Oct. 27 in Kingsport.

 Runners who participate in four of the five races receive a CrestPoint Crusaders running jacket, while runners who complete three of the races get a CrestPoint Crusaders Dri-FIT running shirt. These prizes will be available at the Haunted Half Marathon in Kingsport, or at CrestPoint Health.

 The race series began March 16 with the Shamrock 4 Miler in Abingdon, Va., and the rest of the schedule includes:

  •  Bill Gatton Honda Memorial Freedom 5K on May 26 in Bristol, Va.
  •  Blue Plum 5K on June 2 in Johnson City
  •  Crazy 8s 8K on July 14 in Kingsport
  •  Haunted Half Marathon on Oct. 27 in Kingsport

 The races are being sponsored by CrestPoint and We Run Events.

 “We’re pleased to co-sponsor the series with We Run Events,” said Kelli Andrews, marketing coordinator for Integrated Health Solutions Network, CrestPoint’s parent organization. “We try to sponsor events that are focused on a healthy lifestyle. We’re hopeful the series will encourage and motivate experienced and new runners alike.

 “We have received a lot of positive comments regarding the series. People are excited about it and so are we.”

 The Bill Gatton Honda Memorial Freedom 5K will start at 8 a.m. at the Bristol Train Station, 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Bristol. Registration is $20 by May 24 and $25 after that. The race starts under the Bristol sign on State Street and covers downtown sections on the Tennessee and Virginia sides. It is described as a fast course.

 The race benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

 The Shamrock 4 Miler took place in March and was a rousing success, with 583 people registering. The race, co-sponsored by Johnston Memorial Hospital, was held on a Friday night and had a festive atmosphere, with people encouraged to wear green. It was a strong start to the CrestPoint Crusaders series.

 “We had an excellent turnout for this first-time race,” Andrews said. “We partnered with JMH and also worked with the Town of Abingdon. We offered barbecue and had a live band set up after the race, which was very unique. We’re looking forward to next year’s race and have already started planning.”

 CrestPoint is a title sponsor of the Shamrock 4 Miler, Blue Plum 5K, Crazy 8s and the Haunted Half Marathon. For the series, CrestPoint chose races in various locations – Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport and Abingdon – at various race distances, with a mix of new events and established ones. And all the series races have distinct personalities that make them stand out.

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