College of Medicine students, faculty and staff have three reasons to participate in the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ fifth Five Points of Life Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 14: It’s a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon and USA Track & Field-certified course; it helps draw attention to the five ways to share life through donating blood, apheresis, marrow, cord blood, organ and tissue; and, there is a $2,550 purse going to overall winners.
Last year five teams from the departments of medicine and radiology registered for the race.
The marathons start at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at Hull Road and Soutwest 34th Street. Teams of four must be coed with at least one man and one woman. In addition to the possibility of winning cash awards from LifeSouth, the fastest coed team of medical professionals will have their names engraved on the stand of a trophy currently on display in the office of Shands HealthCare CEO Timothy Goldfarb.