Cranberry Fitness Event Proceeds to Benefit MERMH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

The first weekend in October has reigned for 30 years as the “Cranberry Fest Weekend” in Eagle River. This fall, people can help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this wonderful festival and participate in the Cranberry Fest and Fitness Weekend, as we run, walk and bike to fight this country’s greatest killers – heart disease and stroke. This year all proceeds will be used to support the efforts of the Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, are the dates for the 2010 events at the Vilas County Fairgrounds located on Highway 70 West in Eagle River.

“This year we have decided to help support our local hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department,” advised event coordinator Christine Caz. “We have had a fabulous relationship with the American Heart Association (AHA) over the last 20 years and we thank them for their collaboration with us. In those 20 years over $100,000 has been raised and given to the AHA. We made the decision this year to keep our monies local and help support the great efforts and educational resources of our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the hospital.”

Three Cranberry Fest Fitness events are planned – a run, walk and bike tour – to help support the Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. While enjoying the beautiful landscape of the Eagle River area and enjoying the benefits of physical activity, participants raise money to help our local rehabilitation department.

Registration forms can be picked up prior to the fitness weekend at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center or by calling Christine Caz at 715-479-0230. Forms will be available at the registration table located at the fairgrounds in the Commercial Exhibits Building during registration hours that weekend.

Registration is $20 for one event, $25 for two events and $30 for all three events. Registration is free for all participants who provide pledges of at least $75 for one event, $100 for two events and $150 for three events.

Each participant will receive a Cranberry Fest Fitness Weekend T-shirt at the time of registration, along with maps and information about Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. Event organizers assure that any pre-registered participants will receive the size tee-shirt requested. Each year the fitness shirts, which are always collectible, change in color and type. “I think everyone is going to love the shirt this year,” advises Caz.

There will be an early bird registration available at the Vilas County Fairgrounds Friday evening, October 1, from 5 – 7 p.m. for all fitness events. Event organizer Christine Caz says “We are very excited to be able to help support Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Working with event coordinators and hospital staff, our support of the local cardiac rehabilitation program will have a positive and lasting effect on our patients and community.”

Fitness event organizers are always looking for more volunteers and sponsors. Call Christine Caz at 715-479-0230 for more information on how you can help.

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