OHSU joins with Hood to Coast in Better Half Marathon

As a runner and as the associate director of community engagement at OHSU, I couldn’t ask for a greater opportunity to share OHSU’s commitment to health and community than the half marathon announced last week by the creators of the iconic Hood to Coast Relay.

It’s going to be a fantastic run on a beautiful course–and it’s going to help advance OHSU’s mission of teaching, healing and discovery.

OHSU is going to join with the Hood to Coast team and help produce the inaugural Better Half Marathon, a half-marathon focused on women’s wellness but open to men as well. The race will be held Sunday, June 30, 2013 and will begin and end at OHSU’s South Waterfront Campus. Participants can also choose to walk the half marathon or run it in a four-person relay team.

For OHSU, it is great moment to share the message that exercise is medicine. And it is a chance to further our partnership with one of the best race producers in the Northwest. Finally, it is a chance to raise funds for three areas of health care at Oregon Health & Science University: the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU Sports Medicine and the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center. Ten dollars of every registration will go to a special fund at the OHSU Foundation created to help these three areas.

Do yourself a favor: Sign up to run or walk the half or tackle it with a team.

I’ll see you on the course.


Bob Applegate is the associate director of community engagement at Oregon Health & Science University.