When the date for the Harris County Hospital District Foundation 15th Annual Texas Med Run was announced last year, RN Jenny Lee went to her calendar hoping she could participate. She was happy to see the race fell on her off-weekend.
“I’ve worked at the hospital every race date for the last two years,” she says. “I was so excited that I signed up right away for the 10K. Running is something I enjoy and it makes it even better to support Ben Taub Hospital’s trauma program.”
The race is Saturday, Feb. 11, with proceeds benefitting the hospital’s Gini and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center. The run starts at Ben Taub and winds through the streets of the Texas Medical Center. Over the years, the event has raised more than $1 million for Harris Health System programs.
Jenny hopes other staff and family members will join her in supporting this great cause. She’s no stranger to running after recently completed her first Chevron Houston Marathon. She became an avid runner for the past seven years to stay in shape and as stress reliever—running 3 miles on workdays and 6 miles on off-days.
“I’m a person that likes challenges,” says the three-year nurse from the medicine intensive care unit at Ben Taub Hospital. “I started doing 5Ks, 10Ks and then half marathons, and then built up to my first marathon.”
Of her marathon (26.2 miles), she says it was rewarding, challenging, and a bit painful.
“When I crossed that finish line, I felt like I had the world,” she says. “The great thing about running is that it’s very difficult while you’re doing it, but once you go through the finish line—the reward and feeling of accomplishment is absolutely worth it.”
The Texas Med Run timed 10K/5K begins at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K Fun Walk. Also included is a 1K for children 12 and under, Superhero Kids Zone with the Camp Cho-Yeh bounce house and rock climbing wall, and plenty of food, prizes and fun for the entire family.
For registration information, visit http://texasmedrun.com/registration/.