Southern Tennessee Plunge Marathon and Half wins 2012 Tennessee Hospital Association Community Service Award
The Southern Tennessee Plunge Marathon and Half (STP) was recognized for its incredible contributions as both a fundraiser for charities and encouraging healthy lifestyles in the community. With Southern Tennessee Medical Center as a sponsor, the STP began as an idea to bring a Boston qualifying race to southern middle Tennessee while inspiring the community to live healthier and support various organizations. During the inaugural 2010 race, runners from 11 states were present and raised enough money that STP was able to donate $4,800 back to the community. The second annual event in 2011 was even more successful, and allowed STP to give back $5,900 to the community and the 2012 race in October raised $6,100 to give back to local organizations. The two main race charities are the Franklin County Prevention Coalition and the local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic. Both are nonprofit organizations that coincide directly with the hospital’s mission to make communities healthier. The impact the race itself had on the individuals running also was inspiring. Several Southern Tennessee Medical Center employees participated in the run, losing weight and learning how to live healthier in the process.
On Tuesday, November 27, Southern Tennessee Medical Center hosted a reception to celebrate the award and to also recognize those sponsors, municipal organizations, and volunteers that made the races possible. The donations to Volunteers in Medicine and the Franklin County Prevention Coalition were also presented. “STMC is proud to be a part of the STP Marathon and all that is stands for,” states Phil Young, CEO. “It helps raise money for charities that play a huge role in making our community healthier. We proudly help sponsor the race and partner with the committee to continue to put on a successful event that will enrich the many lives that are touched by the race.”