By Amanda Rogers
Methodist Mansfield’s Run with HeART will look different this year, but it will be more colorful.
Due to the pandemic, the 8th annual half marathon and 5K will go virtual with different routes for runners to explore that will include new and temporary art installations.
“The whole idea is that it’s a good way to get outside and see Mansfield,” said Angel Biasatti, director of community and public relations for Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, which is partnering with the city for this year’s event.
The run has three routes this year to let participants go as far as they want, and with scenery along the way. The Love Our History route includes historic downtown Mansfield, the Man House Museum and Mans Best Field Dog Park. The Love Our History trek loops through the historic downtown, while the longer Love Your Heart path starts in downtown then heads down the linear trail to McKnight Park East and back.
Along the way runners can see two new murals sponsored by Methodist Mansfield. A heart with wings dominates the side of Flying Squirrel Coffee Company, 110 N. Main St., and athletes compete in a mural on the back of Hilltop Bicycle Center, 130 N. Main St. Last week’s snowstorm delayed a third mural, set to be painted on the south corner of the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., that will depict Mansfield past and present.
Due to the run being virtual, participants can run the route any time over the weekend.
Registration is open through Friday at https://www.mansfieldrunwithheart.org/.
Cost is $25, which includes a run shirt, dark chocolate medal and a goodie bag with a picture frame craft, pop socket and water bottle from Smile Doctors.
Packet pickup will run from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday at the Mansfield Activities Center, 106 S. Wisteria St.
Runners are encouraged to post their photos on the Mansfield Parks & Recreation Facebook for the chance to win prizes, including a pair of running shoes from RunUnited and passes to the StarCenter.
Proceeds from the run benefit the hospital’s cardiology department.
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