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For Immediate Release:


Tuesday, February 28, 2006


Goodyear & West Valley HospitalÕs

First 5k Run Was Great Success



(GOODYEAR, AZ) ÐMore than 600 people turned out for Goodyear's first annual Heart & Sole 5k Run, Saturday, February 25 that was sponsored by the West Valley Hospital. A total of 216 running enthusiasts and their families attended the event enjoying live music, interactive booths, and a healthy food court. Participants could participate in either the 5K or a one-mile fun run.


ÒOur first attempt at a running event in Goodyear was a resounding success,Ó stated Goodyear Recreation Coordinator Mark Kimball.


Larissa Spraker, spokeswoman for West Valley Hospital agreed. ÒWe are already talking about the possibility of doing it again next year.  We were very happy with the high level of participation in this first event.Ó A donation of $1 from each registration was given to the American Heart Association.


The event began and ended at West Valley Hospital, 13677 West McDowell, and wound its way through the tree-lined, residential streets of Palm Valley.  Many of the local residents came out to cheer on the runners.


All participants received t-shirts, ribbons, finish-line refreshments and complimentary massages. Trophies were awarded to the top Male and Female overall winners of the 5k Run and medallions to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place age division winners of the 5K Run.  


NOTE:  A list of first place winners is attached.




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