For 40 years, thousands of people have gathered in downtown Franklin on Labor Day to run for a good cause. Since 1999, the Franklin Classic has been the primary fundraiser for Mercy Community Healthcare, a comprehensive non-profit health clinic providing high quality care to middle Tennessee patients of all ages.
The 40th Annual Franklin Classic is set for Labor Day (Monday, September 3) on the Public Square in Franklin, offering 5K and 10K races open to anyone regardless of age or skill level, as well as a 1K Fun Run for children. The event is presented by SilverSneakers by Tivity Health, and registration is open at franklinclassic.org.
Those who register between by August 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a membership package from the Franklin Family YMCA, which includes a six-month family membership package (including the sign-up fee) and three personal training sessions for one family member.
“Every year, we see people who achieve personal health and fitness goals, having worked toward this race for months,” said Cindy Siler, CEO of Mercy Community Healthcare. “It’s rewarding for us to have played a part in someone’s life in that way – and to then use the proceeds to be a blessing in other people’s lives by providing access to quality healthcare.”
With a goal of 4,000 runners for the anniversary event, local businesses, churches, clubs, schools and other organizations are encouraged to create teams to run (or walk) the races.
“Anyone who’s been in Williamson County for long has likely supported the Franklin Classic in some way, as a runner, a sponsor, a planner or a spectator,” Siler said. “Many have been beneficiaries of the proceeds raised by the event, and many more may be new to town. We welcome anyone with an interest to join us as celebrate 40 years of this Franklin tradition.”
This year’s race committee expanded the Age Group Award Categories so winners will be selected from ages ranging from 9 and under to 80-plus, meaning two race categories have been added – 70 to 74, and 75 to 79.
To learn more or register as a runner, please visit www.franklinclassic.org.
Mercy Community Healthcare was founded in 1999 as Mercy Children’s Clinic, with a mission to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare to ALL and support to their families. The non-profit clinic added mental health and social services to its integrated care program in 2006, and expanded to a new facility at Williamson Square on Murfreesboro Road in 2009. Mercy was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services designating it as a Federally Qualified Health Center in June 2012, and in 2013, Mercy merged with Grace Medical Clinic and opened the Richard Anderson Adult Center.
As a result of this additional area of focus, Mercy Children’s Clinic transitioned to Mercy Community Healthcare. With its new name, Mercy Community Healthcare seeks to reflect its mission of providing quality, experienced care to everyone – adults, children, insured and uninsured, throughout Middle Tennessee.
As a non-profit community health provider, Mercy depends on the support of private donations to operate. For more information or to get involved, please visit mercycommunityhealthcare.org.