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Annual Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk in Downtown L.A. To Attract Nearly 3,000 Participants

The 7th Annual Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk, taking place on Saturday, March 30, will attract over 3,000 walkers, runners, and volunteers to the heart of downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) in support of an essential community resource, Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC).

“Proceeds from the event will help our non-profit hospital continue to provide high-quality, compassionate health care services to all in need, which has been the hallmark of the hospital since it was founded over 130 years ago,” said Nathan R. Nusbaum, president of CHMC Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s event will help fund a new state-of-the-art, four-story patient care tower.

With 318 hospital beds and one of the busiest private trauma centers in Los Angeles County, CHMC is the primary medical center serving those who work, live, and play in DTLA. CHMC is located near the 110 and 10 freeways just three blocks east of the popular Staples Center.

The Heart of the City 5K Run/Walk is a pledge-based event, open to participants of all ages, including persons with social dogs who are welcome to join the festivities. The race will feature a doggie costume contest, music, breakfast, Zumba™, a coffee garden, and refreshments. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in all divisions for both male and female participants. In addition to the race, there will be entertainment and a community festival. The flat course starts and ends at the hospital at 1401 S. Grand Avenue, traveling up and down Grand Avenue, 8th Street, and Figueroa Street. The race is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Registration fees are: $35 for adults ($40 after 3/18/19 and $45 the day of the race); $25 for children 12 and under. A t-shirt that resembles a fun hospital scrub top is included with each registration. Fundraising incentives and prizes will be available, as well as easy-to-use tools to help raise pledges. Visit the race website at to read more about the event. For more information and updates on event activities, please contact Maggie Trigueros at (213) 742-6301

About Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center

Founded in 1887, Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center is a 318-bed, acute care, non-profit hospital located in downtown Los Angeles. The hospital offers a full complement of services including a Level II trauma center, the Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health, obstetrics and pediatric services, and comprehensive cardiac and surgical services. The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems.  

Publish date: 

Friday, March 15, 2019

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