Volunteers Needed for Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart

by Greg Barberee 

Why Should you Volunteer to handout water at the Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart?

The Methodist Mansfield Run with Heart is a run event that consists of a 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, a 5K, and a half marathon.  The variety of distances provides an event for virtually anyone and everyone that wants to participate.

The Run with Heart was started by Methodist Mansfield Medical Center approximately 4 years ago with the purpose of raising funds and awareness for cardiac services at the hospital.  The Run with Heart continues today not only with that purpose but to also to honor those living with heart disease, their loved ones and emergency responders.

What is Heart Disease?

According to the Mayo Clinic, heart disease describes a range of conditions that affect your heart. Diseases under the heart disease umbrella include blood vessel diseases, such as coronary artery disease; heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias); and heart defects you’re born with (congenital heart defects), among others.

 The term “heart disease” is often used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.
Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Heart disease symptoms depend on what type of heart disease you have. Cardiovascular disease symptoms may be different for men and women. For instance, men are more likely to have chest pain; women are more likely to have other symptoms along with chest discomfort, such as shortness of breath, nausea and extreme fatigue.

When should you see a doctor?

Seek emergency medical care if you have these heart disease symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting

Heart disease is easier to treat when detected early, so talk to your doctor about your concerns regarding your heart health. If you’re concerned about developing heart disease, talk to your doctor about steps you can take to reduce your heart disease risk. This is especially important if you have a family history of heart disease.

If you think you may have heart disease, based on new signs or symptoms you’re having, make an appointment to see your doctor.

How can you volunteer for the Run with Heart?

Our Club will be staffing Water Station No. 4 located at approximately 400 Price Street at the St. Jude Education Center.  Please park at St. Jude Catholic Church and arrive on Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 AM for set up.  We should expect our fist runners in the half marathon at approximately 7:45 AM with the last runners passing our station around 11:15 AM.  If you are volunteering, please register to volunteer with the race at: https://raceroster.com/14206?aff=VQXRV