Lace ‘em up for the Hy-5!

It’s that time of year again, folks: The time when Hylanders throughout Northeast Ohio realize we only have a week left to train for the Hy-5, our annual charity road race. And by “train,” I mean dig out my running shoes and jog around the block. Or at least as far as the ice cream store the next street over.

That’s the great thing about the Hy-5. While top-notch athletes lead the pack, this 5-kilometer run and one-mile walk is less a competition and more a community gathering. One Saturday morning each May — usually a bright, cool morning, birds chirping, fresh-cut grass, midge pupae preparing to emerge from Lake Erie — a few hundred Hylanders and our neighbors get together and get moving for a great cause.

A great time for a great cause

Benefitting MetroHealth Foundation, which funds public health programs throughout Greater Cleveland, the Hy-5 has raised more than $220,000 since 2009.

The Hy-5 attracts an eclectic crowd — serious runner types using the race as a warm up for the Cleveland Marathon, schoolkids, parents pushing strollers … Hyland executives trying not to get passed by parents pushing strollers.

There’s a band, breakfast burritos for everyone, and even a pre-race yoga session. Some years the Cleveland Metro Life Flight chopper does a fly-by. All fun stuff, even for those of us who tend to groan about fun stuff!

The Hy-5 takes place May 19. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. and the races start at 9:00 a.m.

Ready to lace ‘em up? Learn more and register at Hermes Road Racing.

Mike Lovett

Mike Lovett

Mike Lovett is a Content Marketing Manager at Hyland. Besides working at Hyland, he loves spending time with his family, racing sailboats, and playing music.

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