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CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

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  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Earth Day Run Moves to Downtown St. Cloud for 2019

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

For its 20th year, the CentraCare Earth Day Run will move from the St. Cloud State University campus to downtown St. Cloud. Taking place April 19-20, 2019, the event will once again include a half marathon and relay, 5K and 1K kids run. As the area’s largest and most popular running event, the Earth Day Run brings nearly 5,000 participants and an additional 10,000 spectators to the St. Cloud area each spring.

“The event continues to grow each year,” said race director Evin Haukos. “By bringing it downtown, we can showcase St. Cloud on a larger scale. We’re excited to partner with the city and downtown businesses to create an event to make St. Cloud proud.”

“Events that draw a large number of people to town can have a huge economic impact,” said St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis. “With the Earth Day Run’s change in location, people can explore our fun downtown scene, finding incredible shops and dining experiences right at their fingertips.”

While a decade ago, the Earth Day Run cut through sections of downtown, plans for 2019 bring it to the next level and fulfills the dream of the original race organizers. The half marathon will start on Veteran’s Bridge and finish on St. Germain, which will be closed to traffic from the Paramount Theatre to the River’s Edge Convention Center, allowing for a festive block party with live music, refreshments and outdoor seating. “There is nothing better than a downtown finish when it comes to running a race,” said Haukos.

As the event organizer, CentraCare Health will continue to ensure all Earth Day Run events encourage people of all ages and activity levels to get out and move more, making the healthy choice the easy choice for people everywhere, everyday.

Registration for all Earth Day Run events will open on Thursday, Oct. 4 on