Press Release

For Immediate Release
Feb 29, 2012
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs  

New 5k Series Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Meridian Health Heart & Sole Cup offers up $12,000 for three races  

Neptune, NJ - Are you a competitive runner looking for your next challenge?  Or are you just focused on your health and looking to keep active?  If so, then join Meridian Cardiovascular Network for the 2012 Meridian Health Heart & Sole Cup, a new series of  three 5k runs/walks. The series begins on Saturday, May 19 with a new course for the Ocean Medical Center 5k in Brick, followed by the Jersey Shore University Medical Center 5k in Neptune (Sunday, September 16), and the Bayshore Community Hospital 5k (Saturday, October 6).

At stake this year is $12,000 in total prize money, with $3,000 up for grabs at each of the three races. In addition, $3,000 in prize money will be awarded to the series winners of the Meridian Health Heart & Sole Cup, which will be determined after the Bayshore 5k. Each race will award prize money to the top three overall for men and women, and top three winners in five year age groups (starting with the age of 30.) Additionally, all participants will have a chance to win prizes in random raffles during the events.

Following each race, there will be free kids races and Community Day festivities that will provide fun and healthy activities for the whole family. Guests will enjoy free games, an inflatable play area, face painting and tattoos, trackless train rides, food, music and much more!  Additionally, mascots from the Pawsative Action Team at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital will be making special appearances.  Health information and free screenings will also be available and include blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, stroke risk assessment, and bone density.

Runners who complete all three Meridian Health Heart & Sole Cup races will receive a commemorative gift at the final race, the Bayshore Community Hospital 5k on Saturday, October 6. For more information about the Heart & Sole Cup rules, point system and prize breakdown, please visit or call 732-776-4075.

About Meridian Health

Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for three years in a row, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence.  Recently, Meridian Health was the only health system in New Jersey to be ranked as one of the most Integrated Healthcare Systems in the nation according to SDI and Modern Healthcare Magazine.  For more information, please visit