‘Got Your Back’ race is June 20

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Runners take off at the starting line at last year’s ‘We’ve Got Your Back Race’ for spinal health, benefiting the Spinal Research Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Runners take off at the starting line at last year’s ‘We’ve Got Your Back Race’ for spinal health, benefiting the Spinal Research Foundation. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

On June 20 The Indiana Spine Group will host its third annual ‘We’ve Got Your Back Race’ for spinal health at 7 p.m. The event will take place at 13225 N. Meridian in Carmel. The proceeds from the 5K and 1-mile fun run will benefit the Spinal Research Foundation. SRF is dedicated to improving spinal health through research and education.

“The goal is to raise awareness about how common back problems are and to celebrate the achievements of those patients who have either overcome those problems or have a better quality of life through treatment for neck and back problems,” said Stacia Matthews, public relations manager for ISG.

The cost to register is $25 until June 18. The price goes up to $30 after that date. Those who register will receive a t-shirt and a complimentary beer or glass of wine. The event is free for guests want to attend but not participate in the race. Cash prizes will be given out to the top three male and female finishers.

There will be a post-race party complete with a beer and wine garden, kids’ corner, live music by Next Degree Band and a VIP tent for spinal champions. Guests will be pampered with hand massages.

“Many people take the back for granted until it hurts. Until I started working here I didn’t realize it’s the second most common reason why people go to the doctor behind the common cold,” Matthews said.

This year’s honorary chair is WTHR’s meteorologist Chuck Lofton. He is a back patient but also understands how back pain can affect a family.

“His father was a World War II veteran and was injured on the battlefield in one of the trenches. As a result he had to have several surgeries through his life so he dealt with back pain most of his life,” Matthews said.

For more information visit spinerf.org/race-carmel.

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