Eskenazi Health Foundation Presents Fourth Annual Eskenazi Health Stride

Annual 5k and 5-mile run/walk features new downtown courses

CONTACT: Jordan Anderson
Phone: 317.880.4783
Pager: 317.310.5972  
, May 9, 2014 – Join the Eskenazi Health Foundation as they host the fourth annual Eskenazi Health Stride on Saturday, May 31. Presented by Sandor Development, this year’s Eskenazi Health Stride will feature both a 5k and 5-mile course that will begin and end at the brand new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus in downtown Indianapolis.
Running for the health and wellness of the Indianapolis community, the Eskenazi Health Stride is an annual event encouraging and promoting preventive care and healthful diet and lifestyle choices, while also raising awareness of the new Eskenazi Health campus. The event will begin with registration and packet pick-up at 6:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony and race events starting at 7:45 a.m. The event will then conclude with an awards ceremony at 9:10 a.m.
“Now in its fourth year, we’re absolutely thrilled to once again host the Eskenazi Health Stride, offering our community a chance to get out and run or walk for the health and wellness of our city,” said Ernest Vargo II, CFRE, president and CEO of the Eskenazi Health Foundation. “The event not only allows individuals to experience the brand new Eskenazi Health campus, it promises an ideal downtown course for runners and walkers of all levels.”
Highlights for this year’s event include a brand new downtown course; a timing and scoring system by IPICO Sports; group awards by age in five-year increments; a T-shirt, food and drinks provided for each participant; and medical services provided by Eskenazi Health and Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services. Free parking will also be available on the Eskenazi Health campus for all participants.
Participants in the 5-mile race will experience scenic city views along Michigan and New York Streets, passing by historic Military Park and through White River State Park before crossing the White River and heading north on the White River Wapahani Trail, turning east at Michigan Street. The 5k run/walk passes through the city and courses back on New York Street before returning via Porto Alegre Street to Eskenazi Health.
"We at Eskenazi Health have long recognized the benefits of exercise and encouraged healthy lifestyles through our community health fairs and any other programs and initiatives," said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO for Eskenazi Health. "This event helps to promote the health of our community through fun, healthy competition and recognition of our new hospital campus."
Pre-race registration is only $23 per person, and same-day registration is also available for $28. For more information about the Eskenazi Health Stride and to register, please visit You can also contact Ollie Hairston, manager of donor relations and special events for the Eskenazi Health Foundation, at or 317.880.4910.
Eskenazi Health Foundation is raising philanthropic support for the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus in addition to current Eskenazi Health programs. To learn more about the Eskenazi Health Foundation, please visit