The Mistletoe Trot 5K and 10K Race was created by Leesburg Regional Medical Center more than two decades ago to give local runners a race on their home turf and bring good health and holiday cheer to the surrounding community.
Each year, proceeds from the event benefit the Community Medical Care Center in Leesburg, a non-profit organization offering primary care, specialty care, chronic disease management and dental care for a segment of the community that might otherwise do without necessary medical care.
“Last year’s race raised $4,000 for the Community Medical Care Center and our goal is to increase that gift in 2017,” said John Bowers, manager of Wellness Services at LRMC.
This year marks the 22nd running of the Mistletoe Trot since its inception in 1995. Like the city it calls home, the Mistletoe Trot has grown and improved in remarkable ways over the years.
“We’ve had hundreds of runners, walkers and joggers from all over Central Florida attend this family-friendly event,” said Bowers. “This year we have some great giveaways. We will be raffling off a new Fitbit activity tracker, some Publix gift cards and more.”
The race will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 on the campus of Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg. Participants will run or walk around beautiful Silver Lake. Race-day registration will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. or runners can pre-register online at mistletoetrot5k10k.itsyourrace.com. To learn more call (352) 323-5640.