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4 Miles 4 Diabetes Run/Walk Fundraiser Set for Dec. 2

November 20, 2007

DELAWARE, OHIO – Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to take part in the 4 Miles 4 Diabetes community fun run/walk Dec. 2 on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Sponsored by Grady Memorial Hospital, the event will raise funds to improve the lives of diabetic patients and families served by the Central Ohio Diabetes Association.

The event is being spearheaded by Delaware County resident Tom Kingery, 32, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2004. As a marathon runner and triathlete, Kingery wanted to help dispel the myths that only inactive, overweight people are affected by diabetes.

“I saw that the perception of diabetics was very poor among the general public and among some diabetics themselves,” said Kingery, who on Nov. 3 realized a lifelong dream of competing in an Ironman competition. He completed Florida’s Ford Ironman Triathlon—consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile foot race—in 12 hours, 26 minutes, and 22 seconds.

Registration for the family-friendly 4 Miles 4 Diabetes event is now under way and will continue through race day. Cost is $25 per person, but children 12 and under may participate with family members for free.

4 Miles 4 Diabetes will begin and end at OWU’s Selby Field, 45 S. Henry St. On Dec. 2, registration and packet pickup will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. at Selby Field, with the race stepping off at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.4miles4diabetes.com for complete registration information.

Local cheerleaders and marching bands have been invited to the event to help pump up participants, and awards will be presented to the top three female, top three male, and top three youth (under 18) finishers.

Music will be provided before and after the race by Mix 97.1 FM, with morning show personality Kate Burdett serving as event announcer. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy prize drawings and diabetes-friendly food and beverages provided by Buehler’s Fresh Foods of Delaware.

Participants and spectators also are encouraged to bring a new toy with them to the race to contribute to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots program.

Grady Memorial Hospital, a member hospital of OhioHealth, is a not-for-profit corporation that operates an acute care hospital and related healthcare facilities for the residents of Delaware County and surrounding areas. Grady is committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate medical care with a focus on women’s health, orthopedics, cancer, heart services, and emergency care.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.