Heywood Healthcare Hosts 3rd Annual ‘Healthy Harvest 5K’ to Raise Funds for Mental Health Initiatives

November 17, 2015

Gardner, MA – Nearly 200 area runners and walkers participated in the 3rd Annual Heywood Healthcare Healthy Harvest 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 7th

The 3.1 mile family-friendly course started and ended at Heywood Hospital and was targeted to all fitness levels. Adults had the option to walk or run the course, and kids (up to age 7) competed in our special 100 yard dash, a 1 mile youth run (ages 8-10) and guided Story Book Tour. Attendees also had the opportunity to test their CrossFit® skills in the CrossFit Challenge hosted by Fitness Concepts. 

Organizations connected to local health initiatives participated in the event, handing out brochures and providing information on health topics, such as peer recovery, how to talk to teens concerning alcohol and drugs, and how to care for elders who need more services. 

Participating organizations included the Gardner Police and Fire departments, LUK, Fallon, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, the Montachusett Suicide Pre­vention Task Force, Red Apple Farm, CHART (a school-based care connection program provided through Heywood Healthcare), Alyssa’s Place, The SHINE Initiative and the Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Subway, Papa Gino’s and the Gardner Rotary Club all donated food to the race participants. 

Students from the Monty Tech ROTC helped to direct foot and motor traffic and the G-Vegas Striders helped to direct and call the race. 

First-place male overall winner Jonathan Miganowicz was a familiar face to the race, having won for the third year in a row. Mr. Miganowicz was the first runner to be crowned in the Healthy Harvest 5K in 2013. 

Other top runners in each category were: overall female winner Theresa Thompson with a time of 22:04; under-20 male winner was Noah Johnson; 20-29 male was Jared Darcy; 30-39 male was Corey LeBlanc; 40-49 male was Gary Dilling; 50-59 male was Steve Penny; 60-and-over male was Alan Gray; under-20 female was Jenny Smith; 20-29 female was Haley Carpenter; 30-39 female was Timea Godor; 40-49 female was Joanne Kotoski; 50-59 female was Susan O’Brien; and 60-and-over female was Mary Sequin.

The Heywood Healthy Harvest 5K has been supported by local businesses since its inception. This year’s Presenting Sponsors included Baldwinville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Fitness Concepts, Fallon Health and Fidelity Bank / The SHINE Initiative.

Gold Sponsors for 2015 were Empire Engineering Co., Inc., HUB International and Covery’s while Andrew Boucher, the Clark Memorial YMCA and The L.S. Starrett Company signed on at the Silver level. Dr. and Mrs. Paul Harasimowicz, GAAMHA Inc., Coleman Assembly and Packaging, Rotary Club of Athol-Orange Area, LUK, Inc. and Dr. John and Brenda Skrzypczak participated at the Bronze level. Kid’s Run Area sponsors included Fitchburg Welding, Plantscape Services, LLC, and The Nottleson Family.

Dawn Casavant, Heywood Healthcare Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Philanthropy Officer stated to participants: “Because of each and every one of you, today’s race grossed over $10,000 to help us continue our community-based mental health and suicide prevention efforts, to include leadership of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, and a variety of school and community-based education and care coordination services.”

For more information on these initiatives, please contact the Heywood Healthcare Philanthropy Office at (978) 630-6431. 



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About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Athol Hospital’s services include 24/7 Emergency Care, Oncology, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart and Vascular Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes five satellite facilities in MA; Heywood Rehabilitation Center in Gardner;  West River Health Center in Orange;  Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon; Heywood Charitable Foundation;  the North Quabbin Community Coalition, an affiliate organization;  and upcoming in 2016, The Quabbin Retreat in Petersham.