On September 11, 2019, U.S. Olympian, Jeff Galloway along with 14,000+ corporate employees from over 400 Atlanta’s top companies will run, walk and roll through the streets of downtown Atlanta for the annual Kaiser Permanente 5K Corporate Run, Walk & Roll. In addition to a new competitive and novice wheelchair division, a special 9/11 ceremony for first responders and active/retired military will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center prior to the 5K race kick-off at 7 pm. Officer Matt Cooper, the Covington, GA police officer who was critically wounded in the line of duty last year, is the official Grand Marshall for the special 9/11 recognition ceremony.
Now in its 37th consecutive year, the annual Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run, Walk & Rollkicks off in mid-July with an 8-week workplace-centered training program, Let’s Move, Atlanta! and culminates at the Georgia World Congress Center on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in one of the largest corporate organized 5K fitness and networking events in the country. Each year, companies train as teams to challenge and encourage co-workers to participate in this unique workplace-organized 5K fitness event designed to promote health, wellness and fitness among metro Atlanta companies and their employees. The race course begins and ends at the Georgia World Congress Center starting at 7 pm. New this year is the addition of a wheelchair division to encourage employee and individual participants who use wheelchairs to take part in the advanced competitive or novice wheelchair (assisted by a friend, family member or colleague) at the annual 5K corporate-inspired fitness event.
“When it comes to building healthy inclusive communities in the workforce, Kaiser Permanente is on a mission,” said Jim Simpson, president of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia.“Our aim in bringing this unique event to Atlanta’s corporate community is to reinforce that living a healthy, active lifestyle can positively impact every aspect of an individual’s life, including our colleagues at many Atlanta companies who use wheelchairs for mobility. Training together and participating in this corporate fitness event unites employees and employers around a common goal of improving health and wellness while enjoying fun, fitness and employee camaraderie that is part of our annual event!”
The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program began in Atlanta in 1982 with just 900 participants from a handful of companies. Under the race leadership of U.S. Olympian, best-selling author on marathon running, Jeff Galloway, the corporate wellness event has become a beloved tradition in the Atlanta business community annually attracts more than 14,000 runners and walkers from over 400 of Atlanta’s top companies. The program is unique workplace-oriented fitness initiative for small, medium and large employerslooking for added employee health programs that promote fit and active lifestyles. A portion of proceeds benefits nonprofit charity partners, Atlanta Community Food Bankand Back on My Feet Atlanta.
“It’s proven that employers who invest in workplace wellness programs can improve employee productivity, reduce absenteeism and increase company morale, collaboration and culture,” said Jeff Galloway, Founder and Race Director of the Kaiser Permanente corporate fitness event. “This year’s event falls on 9/11. We are humbled to recognize and honor first responders and military for their daily sacrifice and commitment to our freedom and safety. This truly will be a special year.”
Kaiser Permanente, a health care organization, provides care and health care coverage to more than 370,000 metro Atlanta members and more than 12.2 million members nationwide.
For more information or to register your company, visit www.kpcorporatewalk.com. Registration fees are $34/per person through September 5. After September 5, participant fees increase to $39/per person.
This 5K course is a Peachtree Qualifier with an overall net drop and a downhill finish.
Each intersection will be staffed by an off-duty Atlanta Police Officer. The streets will be opened immediately following the last runner/walker. When the crowd thins out, traffic will be allowed to cross streets when the officers determine it is safe to do so.
ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE CORPORATE RUN/WALK & FITNESS PROGRAM
The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program is a unique workplace-organized fitness event that began in 1982 in Atlanta with 900 participants from a handful of companies. Designed to inspire fun, fitness and camaraderie among Atlanta’s corporate community, the annual event attracts more than 16,000 participants from 450 companies and is one of largest workplace organized corporate fitness events in the country. Event highlights include a “Let’s Move, Atlanta!” training program, 5K corporate run/walk along a scenic course through downtown Atlanta, hundreds of company celebrations, Interactive Zone and Team Building Zone. Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, LA Fitness, Muscle Milk, Phidippides, Jason’s Deli, Clear Channel Outdoors, 11Alive, 680 The Fan. For information or to register your company team, visit www.kpcorporaterunwalk.org.
ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE OF GEORGIA
Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s largest nonprofit health plan. Its mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 370,000 members in 28 counties in metro Atlanta and four counties serving Athens. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists, and team of heath care providers. Expert and caring medical teams are supported by industry-leading technology and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers, serving more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit kp.org/georgia.
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