Community encouraged to 'gear up' for new 10-mile run benefitting local scholarships
SAN MARCOS, TX
– San Marcos Manufacturer’s Association (SMMA) has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1985, and Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is teaming up with the organization on its latest endeavor. The SMMA Gear Up 10 Mile Run, which will benefit local students with ambitions to pursue higher education at a number of area educational institutions, will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. at the Tanger Outlet Center in San Marcos.
“Many of our past recipients have gone on to successful and highly productive careers,” said SMMA President Lee Graham. “With the higher costs of education, SMMA wants to increase scholarship awards to further assist students in covering these costs. Many students will graduate from a university and have a debt burden that will take years to pay off.”
According to Graham, the event will be unique for runners because it’s a 10-mile run and takes place on a Hill Country race course designed by Moe Johnson at one of the largest outlet malls in Central Texas. All participants will receive a long-sleeved high-tech shirt and a collectable item commemorating this year’s run.
“CTMC is delighted to be partnering with SMMA to hold this run event. Besides promoting healthy activity, we’re also helping to gear –up our next work force,” said Clay DeStefano, CTMC Administrative Director of PR & Marketing.
Those who want to participate may pre-register online at www.signmeup.com/88782
. Pre-registration is $40 through Feb. 6. Late registration is $50 offered on February 10 at the event, and only cash and checks will be accepted. Get in Gear at www.facebook.com/smmagearup10milerun. For more information, visit www.ctmc.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.
The San Marcos Manufacturers' Association (SMMA) was formed in 1981 to provide a forum for local industry to communicate common needs, problems and objectives. SMMA is active in the community as well as at the state level, and works closely with Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos CISD, the City of San Marcos, the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, Texas Workforce Centers, Gary Job Corps, CTMC, Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce, Texas Alliance of Manufacturers Association, Economic Development San Marcos, Small Business Council, and state representatives. Many of these organizations are represented in SMMA as associate members.
The SMMA has maintained close ties with all local educational institutions for many years through programs such as sponsorships of scholarships. Seven annual scholarships are provided by SMMA. Graduates of Gary Job Corps and the San Marcos High School receive SMMA scholarships. SMMA also funds two scholarships for Texas State University - one for the McCoy's College of Business Administration, one for the Department of Technology and one SMMA Member Employee Scholarship.