Register Now For The Coogan's Run Medical Center Challenge, Sunday March 4

Runners from Columbia University Medical Center will defend their title against NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in the third annual Medical Center 5K Challenge, sponsored by the Columbia University Medical Center, the Seasons of Wellness initiative, the Columbia University Athletics Department and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

The Coogan’s 9th Annual Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5K Run is a celebration of the strong community ties and rich cultural diversity of northern Manhattan. More than 4,000 runners of all ages, including world class competitors, participate in the race, which. The annual race starts and finishes in front of the Armory on Fort Washington Avenue, taking to the neighborhood streets in Washington Heights, including a loop through historic Fort Tryon Park. More than twenty different musical groups including gospel, bagpipes, merengue, klesmer, salsa, and brass bands serenade the runners along the route.

For more information, please visit the websites for Coogan’s or New York Roadrunners.

On line registration is closed but you can still register in person New York Road Runners (9 East 89th Street) on Thursday, March 1, from 1:00-7:00 p.m, Friday, March 2, from 1:00-7:00 p.m, or Saturday, March 3, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You may also register the day of the race at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, 216 Fort Washington Avenue (West 168th Street, across from the Hammer Building) from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Clara N. Leon at the Office of Government and Community Affairs at 5-9950 or

### Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, nurses, dentists, and public health professionals at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions.


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