The Virtual Hy-5 is Saturday, May 16!

I have always enjoyed going for a walk or run; but over the past eight weeks it has taken on new meaning for me. I haven’t quite mastered running to get the illusive runner’s high I hear so much about, but I enjoy the time all the same.

Time to get some fresh air, time to move from the chair I have been sitting and working in all day, time to listen to music, time to find clarity, time to not think about anything at all, time to get a bit of a sweat on, time to myself …

But with gyms closed, the streets are filled with many people after the same thing. My run usually turns into a fun game of chicken; guessing who will run off the sidewalk first to get that six-foot social distancing in check.

Let the sun shine!

I have to say, there is something about the sun shining that starts to melt some of the anxious vibes and makes you think that quite possibly things are ok and we are not in the middle of a global crisis. Experiencing that feeling for even 30 minutes a day can do wonders for our health – both physically and mentally.

On Saturday, May 16, we hope to find even more people out and about hitting the payment for themselves and whatever the time means to them, all while supporting a great cause!

This is the 12th year Hyland has hosted the Hy-5: A 5k race and 1-mile walk to benefit MetroHealth. The funds raised from race fees and sponsorships directly support MetroHealth’s vital role in our region – striving, every day, to create miracles and hope, especially in this difficult time.

For many of the past races, we have heard from patients whose lives have been changed because of the incredible care they received, connecting runners on a deeper level to the reason we run and the reason we support MetroHealth. And who can forget about the Metro Life Flight that usually flies overhead to kick the race off?

Hopefully, we can bring that back next year.

Stay fit, stay safe

Cancelling the Hy-5 this year was tough. I will miss running with and cheering on so many familiar faces from the Hyland and MetroHealth communities on race day. The energy of this race is always something I enjoy and look forward to.

I haven’t missed the Hy-5 in the past 11 years – and I don’t plan to miss one yet. So join me (from your home) and get your miles in! Just make sure to engage in social distancing to keep everyone safe.

If you’re game, at any point on Saturday, May 16, lace ‘em up and head out for a run. Or, if you prefer a trusty treadmill, that works too.

And if you are interested in donating to a great cause in lieu of the standard race registration fees, MetroHealth continues to be a deserving beneficiary.

Able to join us, virtually? Share your pictures and distance by tagging #HylandLife on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Kathleen Vegh

Kathleen Vegh

Kathleen Vegh works in Hyland’s Human Resources department as the director of employee experience, a position she’s held since February of 2008. In her role, she leads a team that... read more about: Kathleen Vegh

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