SAGINAW, Mich. – The Saginaw Valley State University men's and women's cross country and track and field teams volunteered at the 5th Annual Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation and YMCA of Saginaw "Run for Your Heart" Community Races on Saturday, September 8 in downtown Saginaw.
The "Run for Your Heart" Community Races benefit the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation. The MCVI Foundation strives to create a community that is heart-healthy and vibrant by championing causes related to the education, prevention and treatment of cardiac-related diseases.
"We had a really exciting time helping out with the races," said sophomore cross country student-athlete Drew Meylan. "It was nice to go out and be active in the community."
Approximately 70 SVSU cross country and track and field student-athletes spent a portion of their Saturday helping the 723 race participants around Saginaw's Ojibway Island. The event consisted of a 10k run, 5k run and walk, a one-mile fun run, tot trot and a USAT&F half marathon.
"Being a part of something positive for the second consecutive year was not only beneficial to our student-athletes, but also to the Saginaw community," said assistant coach Tony Filipek.
The student-athletes passed out water, directed runners and cheered with cowbells, receiving many smiles and "thank-you's" from the MCVI race participants.
"We had a great time and were able to interact with many individuals within the community," commented Filipek. "We cannot wait for round three next year!"
Through the Michigan CardioVascular Institute Foundation, patient care is taken one step further and the staff is dedicated to developing, promoting and supporting educational and community initiatives that empower people of all ages to live and lead healthier lives.