Hospital Hustle to be held on Saturday

LUDINGTON — Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital will hold its 2nd annual Hospital Hustle on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at the hospital. The run/walk event includes 5K and one mile routes and is a family event open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

“After a successful trial run last year with hospital employees, we want to open the event up to the community,” said Helen Johnson, VP of nursing and patient services, who initiated the event. “We had about 200 staff and family members at the inaugural event. We hope many others from throughout the region will join us this year.”

The second annual event will benefit new mothers and their children.

“There is no entrance fee,” said Johnson, “but we will accept free-will donations. Since it’s Mother’s Day weekend, any proceeds will finance special services to help new moms and their babies get off to a good start.”

Children are encouraged to join parents for the event, and each child will receive a medal for participating. Some people even have their dogs as running partners.

Participants can register on the day of the event, starting at 9:30 a.m.. The hustle begins in the hospital’s southwest parking lot, adjacent to Ludington Avenue (U.S. 10). Water and snacks will be provided at the race site.

This year there are two routes. The “One Mile Hustle” route will encircle the hospital campus and the immediate neighborhood. The “5K Hustle” will take a longer route away from and back to the hospital. There will be volunteers stationed along the route to assist participants.