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Baptist Health System & Tenet Healthcare Foundation donate $100,000 to support 300 Miles

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 13, 2017) The Tricentennial Commission announces its partnership with Baptist Health System, Tenet Healthcare Foundation, and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio to present 300 Miles. Generously sponsored by Baptist, 300 Miles challenges and encourages the community to celebrate San Antonio’s 300th anniversary through fitness. Participants will have seven months to complete 300 miles of walking, running and/or biking.

This challenge kicks off at the City Manager’s 5K Run on October 22, 2017, and it ends at YMCA’s annual Síclovía event on May 6, 2018. Baptist Health System donated $100,000 to the Tricentennial for the 300 Miles program, which will enhance the commemorative year by igniting the community to participate in local 5ks, join running groups and take family walks, for example.

“At Baptist Health System, we understand firsthand the long-term importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, which is why we are proud to support the Tricentennial 300 Miles program, which will challenge our community to walk, run or bike 300 miles over the next seven months,” said Kristen Lemus, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Baptist Health System. “We’re looking forward to a terrific celebration of our city’s magnificent 300-year history. At Baptist, we are humbled to have been a part of this storied history for the last century and are looking forward to the next.”

“Partners like the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and Baptist Health System will ensure that the Tricentennial makes an impact on our community that goes far beyond what we do in 2018,” said Edward Benavides, CEO of the Tricentennial Commission. “These fitness activities will leave a legacy of happier, healthier lives for years to come.”

YMCA of San Antonio will track participant progress through ActivTrax, a wellness platform used by local YMCAs. Registration is free and open to the public. To register, visit an ActivTrax kiosk at any participating YMCA location (listed below). Onsite registration can also be completed at the City Manager’s 5k event, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and other YMCA events. Participants can track miles using the ActivTrax website and or mobile app. Prizes will be awarded to those who meet benchmark miles and finisher medals will be awarded to those that complete the 300 Miles challenge.

Dates for the upcoming 300 Miles events include:

October 22, 2017 – City Manager’s 5K

December 3, 2017 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – San Antonio

May 6, 2018 – Síclovía 300 Miles Closing Event


Participating YMCA locations with an ActivTrax kiosk are:

YMCA of O.P. Schnabel Park, Davis-Scott Family YMCA, D.R. Semmes Family YMCA at TriPoint, Mays Family YMCA at Stone Oak, Mays Family YMCA at Potranco, Schertz Family YMCA, Thousand Oaks Family YMCA, Walzem Family YMCA, and Westside Family YMCA.

Updates about the initiative can be found on the Tricentennial Commission’s website.

Keep up with the Tricentennial and download the Tricentennial App. Get alerts about upcoming events, purchase official SA300 Gear, sign up to become a volunteer and learn about the rich history of San Antonio directly from your mobile device. To download the iPhone app, click here. To download the Android app, click here.

About the San Antonio Tricentennial:

In 2018, San Antonio will mark its 300th anniversary: a rare, historic event that will be remembered for generations. The Tricentennial Commission, a public nonprofit, leads the way in celebrating and commemorating our 300 years by developing a year of educational, artistic, and entertaining events. As San Antonio takes the world’s stage, key initiatives include: History & Education, Arts & Culture, Community Service, and Commemorative Week. The yearlong commemoration will celebrate our memorable past and propel us into our equally remarkable future. You are invited to join our community and be a part of the next chapter in San Antonio’s legendary story. Visit www.sanantonio300.org for more information.

About Baptist Health System:

Baptist Health System is a trusted provider of hospital, health and wellness services in San Antonio and South Texas. The System includes seven acute-care hospitals (Baptist Medical Center, Mission Trail Baptist Hospital, North Central Baptist Hospital, Northeast Baptist Hospital, St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital and Baptist Orthopedic Hospital) in San Antonio, and Resolute Health Hospital in New Braunfels, which offer more than 1,700 licensed beds. The hospitals have Accredited Chest Pain and Primary Stroke Center Certifications. The system also includes Baptist Regional Children’s Center, Baptist Breast Center, Baptist Cancer Center, South Texas Lung Institute, Gastrointestinal Cancer Center, and HealthLink fitness and physical rehabilitation centers. Other entities include seven MedPost Urgent Care Centers, seven freestanding Baptist Emergency Hospitals, Baptist Physician Network, Baptist M&S Imaging Centers, Baptist Healthy Solutions community health and wellness programs, ambulatory services, medical office buildings and the Baptist School of Health Professions. The system is part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, based out of Dallas, Texas.


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