A run for the good life: Bartels 5K

Bartels 5k
Local runners participated in the Color Rush race May 5 in Waverly. The Bartels 5K fun run and one mile run will take place Saturday, May 11 to promote wellness at Bartels. — Emily Novotny/TRUMPET

It is time to lace up the running shoes and run for the good life. Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community is hosting their first 5K fun run and one mile run on Saturday, May 11.

“We promote wellness at Bartels and we wanted to provide an opportunity to allow our employees to participate in a wellness project and to get our name out in the community while trying to change the perception of the things that happen at Bartels,” Emily Saveraid, race organizer and development associate for Bartels, said.

“A lot of the time when people think of Bartels, they think of a nursing home,” Saveraid said.

“It’s not something people like to think about, but we really do offer a lot of different services. At Bartels, people live the good life. ”

Bartels has long served the Waverly community and prides itself on its strong ties to the area, Saveraid said. She believes the fun run and walk will reintroduce Bartels and its mission to the public.

“We are hoping to get some new people on our campus and show what we’re all about. Get them excited about it,” Saveraid said. “People are always proud of where they live and it’s great to be able to showcase that to the public.”

The run and walk will also serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

“We are a nonprofit facility, which not all nursing homes are,” explained Saveraid.

“So all of our programs are funded by donor dollars. Without that we wouldn’t be able to do some of our programs.”

Getting Wartburg students and the Waverly community involved with the residents at Bartels is a cause dear to Saveraid.

“Everyone tends to think that unless you’re a nurse, you can’t do anything. But anyone can get involved and have a conversation,” Saveraid said.

“Something we focus on at Bartels is the intergenerational aspect. We have a great partnership with Wartburg and we really stress how important it is to all learn from each other.”

The run and walk will be held May 11 with the 5K fun race starting at 9:30 a.m. and the one mile walk starting at 9:45 a.m. Prizes and refreshments will be available for those finishing the race.

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