Promoting Wellness in Our Community

October 25, 2015


Three years ago, Bassett Healthcare Network launched an annual 5K road race in Cooperstown to encourage employees and the community to embrace a healthy lifestyle by training for and participating in the Cupola 5K.

“This isn’t a run that’s about a fast or even best time for most participants,” note event organizers Melanie Craig, Stacy Nelson and Lynn Johnson. “We have encouraged Bassett staff to join us by putting the event on their calendar, using it as a goal to reach and then running, walking or volunteering the day of the event while also spreading the message of activity, health and wellness. Health care workers are especially notorious for focusing all of their attention on patients and family while putting their own health on the back burner. The Cupola 5K aims to change that.”

Over 170 runners and walkers took part in Bassett Healthcare Network’s Third Annual Cupola 5K Oct. 10, and although it is a run for all ages and abilities, the event does attract a number of competitive runners.

Matt Pohren of Oneonta was the overall winner with a time of 16:20 and Rebecca Metzler of Hamilton was the top female finisher with a time of 18:14. Another familiar face in the crowd of runners belonged to Sebastian van der Riet, the son of Dr. Anouk Lambers and Dr. Peter van der Riet. Sebastian is autistic, but has discovered a love of running. He trained with his uncle Tjibbe to run the Cupola 5K for the first time last year and this year completed the course in 34:30.

The Cupola 5K is held in collaboration with the Clark Sports Center. Other event sponsors include Five Star Subaru, A&D Transport Services, Casella Waste Management of NY, Inc., Leatherstocking Credit Union, Lifetime Benefit Solutions, and Commercial Investigations. In addition, Bassett’s race committee thanks the approximately 30 volunteers who helped with the various race day responsibilities.

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