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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race To Have Traffic Impact On Clearwater Residents
08/24/2012

New 10K Race Route Includes Memorial Causeway Bike Path                                                                                                                

CLEARWATER, Fla., (August 24, 2012) – The third annual Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race will affect local traffic Saturday morning, Sept. 8, around Morton Plant Hospital, nearby neighborhood streets and the Memorial Causeway. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. and attracts approximately 1,000 runners, volunteers and spectators. This year’s event includes four races: 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), Miracle Mile (1-mile walk/run) and Kids Dash.

Law enforcement officers from the cities of Clearwater and Belleair will be directing traffic during the morning race.

The following streets will be impacted from approximately 7-10 a.m. during the race:

- Memorial Causeway Bridge between Bay Ave and Island Way

- Druid Road West

- Druid Road South

- Oak Avenue

- Rogers Street

- Orange Avenue

- Willadel Drive

- Coe Road

- Flamingo Drive

- Bay Avenue

- Corbett Street

On Memorial Causeway, runners will be on the bike path and not in traffic lanes.

The family-friendly event is presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, and benefits Morton Plant Mease community screenings and education services and assists prostate cancer patients who may not have the resources for treatment. Race organizers hope to build on last year’s successful event that attracted more than 600 participants, including a number of prostate cancer survivors.

Participants can register online at:  www.MPMFoundation.org under the events tab. The registration fees are:

10K and 5K: $25 until Aug. 31 and $30 after Sept. 1.

Miracle Mile: $15 through Aug. 31 and $20 after Sept. 1

Kids Dash: $10 through Sept. 7.

Late registrations are available on the day of the race for an additional $5 fee.

The race is part of Morton Plant Mease’s recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Other events will include prostate screenings and health seminars.

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American men, and one out of every six males will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.

For more information on the Morton Plant Mease Prostate Cancer Awareness Race, please call (727) 253-4056.

About Morton Plant Mease Foundation

Established in 1977, Morton Plant Mease Foundation is a charitable organization providing philanthropic support to the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care to achieve medical excellence and provide the care of our community needs.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is a part of BayCare Health System which is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient’s lifetime. 

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.  

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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