Runners, joggers and walkers around Aurora are invited to Mercy’s first Run to Care 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 21.

Early registration has begun and the sooner you sign up, the more you’ll save. The cost to register on or before Saturday, September 30, is $25 for individuals, which will also guarantee you will receive a t-shirt. After September 30, registration will cost $30, but a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Same-day registration will run from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Mercy Aurora Mission Fund, which provides patients and their families food vouchers, prescription assistance, cab rides home from the hospital and more.

“As a community, we have an incredible opportunity to help others in a time of need,” said organizer Martha Youngblood. “We’re hopeful that many people will turn out and show their support for this great cause.”

The Run to Care event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 21, at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. An awards ceremony will be held shortly after the event to honor the top male and female participants, the top two finishers in each age division.

To register for the Oct. 21 run/walk, click here. For information about sponsorship, call Cody Qualls at 870-423-5245 or email him at For more information about the event and registration, call Martha Youngblood at 678-7873, or email her at

Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company. Mercy serves millions annually and includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.