Hinsdale – A Westmont-based fitness event company will host an inaugural fitness event that will help support Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s
Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund.
Fitness expert Jason Bishop, along with business partner Rick Guzaski, is organizing the Singular Fitness Suburban-Athalon, which will take place in Clarendon Hills from 3-5 p.m. Sept. 21. The event is an obstacle course set up over a 3.25-mile run. Participants will work their way through nine obstacles set up throughout the course, which begins at Prospect Park.
“One of my best friends just went through a bout with breast cancer,” said Bishop. “Watching her go through this whole process was part of the reason I’m supporting Open Arms.”
Bishop also knows Adventist Hinsdale
and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital
Experience Excellence Director Sandy Mueller. Mueller helped organize the Open Arms fund at the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation.
Mueller said the hospital will sponsor one of the obstacles at Bishop’s event, a bungee cord maze made of pink cords. The hospital will also have an informational table at the event, where women can schedule a mammogram if they so choose.
“We’re lucky that he approached us to be one of the two charities for this race,” Mueller said. “We are always on the lookout for collaborative opportunities, and we love partnering with the community in this way.”
Event proceeds will also support the Infant Welfare Society of Clarendon Hills, which provides medical, dental and vision services to women and children in medically under-served communities.
Bishop’s event will offer three competitive categories for participants. But they will not be based on age or gender. Rather, people will self-select which category they compete in based on their experience with obstacle course racing.
“If they’ve never done this before, they can put themselves into the beginner category,” Bishop said. “In that case, some obstacles will have some modifications to make them more doable.”
Participants can also sign up as an “Open Arms Racer” as part of the event. People who do so will receive a special edition pink race shirt, to show their support for breast cancer awareness.
Bishop’s friend, who will take part in the event, was the first person to sign up as an Open Arms Racer.
“Open Arms provided so much support to my friend, and I would like to give back to them in any way I can,” Bishop said.
Bishop said this year’s inaugural Suburban-Athalon is just the beginning. Next year, he’d like to organize four such events in the area, and he’d like to be a continuing partner with both the Adventist Midwest Health hospitals and the Open Arms fund. That’s why building partnerships now is so important.
Those interested in registering for the Sept. 21 event can do so by visiting www.singular-fitness.com
. The event is open for anyone 10 years and older.
The Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund
focuses on sustaining programs dedicated to supporting breast cancer patients and their families. The goal is to bring hope and healing by helping individuals navigate the difficult journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Last year, contributions to the Open Arms Fund provided free mammograms to uninsured women in the area.
Among other area programs that have supported Open Arms since its inception are the Pink 5K, which is run with support from the Oak Brook Park District; the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation’s Paint the Town Pink event in October; and Volley for the Cure, a fundraising volleyball game between Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South High Schools.
“Every year, the support grows a little,” Mueller said. “I think people like the local nature of it. This feels so personal to people.”
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
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