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Posted: October 4, 2012  :

Athletics: Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Hosts more than 8,000 Runners and their Families

Tufts Health Plan to present $10,000 donation to The Family Van on race day

Watertown, MA - On Monday, October 8th, 2012 more than 8,000 women of all ages will gather with their friends and families on the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets in Boston for the start of the 36th Annual Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women. A tradition for generations of women, the race inspires women of all fitness levels to achieve health and wellness goals.

Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women participants include elite athletes, wheelchair racers, recreational runners and walkers. Each year, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, and friends run through Boston's Back Bay and along the Charles River to the cheers of thousands of supporters. The race is a celebration of health and fitness and is the signature event in Tufts Health Plan's program of health and fitness offerings. For the 18th year, USA Track & Field has selected the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women as the USA Women's 10K Championship.

One of the largest all-women's 10K events in the United States, the Tufts Health Plan 10K attracts women of all athletic abilities who participate for reasons as varied as the women who are expected to run. Founded by Conventures, Inc. in 1977, this beloved tradition is held annually on Columbus Day.

"We at Tufts Health Plan are inspired every year by this incredible event that brings together women who exemplify great strength and determination as well as a dedication to better health for not only for themselves, but for others as well," said James Roosevelt Jr., president and CEO at Tufts Health Plan. "That commitment to the health and wellness of others shared by the race participants and Tufts Health Plan is embodied in our shared decision to choose this year's philanthropic partner, The Family Van."

In conjunction with the race, Tufts Health Plan will make a $10,000 cash grant to The Family Van, which provides compassionate curbside cares in urban neighborhoods through its mobile clinics. The Family Van supports preventing screening, testing, and education for thousands of people each year.

"All of the race participants serve as a role model for women of all ages by showing that it is possible, given all of the challenges in our lives, that you can make a conscious choice to prioritize your health," said Lois Cornell, general counsel and senior vice president for human resources at Tufts Health Plan. "Tufts Health Plan takes great pride playing a leading role in this 10K, which has become a tradition in women's lives through generations and a symbol of their commitment to better health."

In addition to the race, there are a variety of activities focused on supporting health and wellness that will be taking place on the Boston Common throughout the day. At the Health & Fitness Pavillion, fitness clothing and accessories are on display as well as samples of healthy foods, complimentary sports massages, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, and many other tools used to encourage people to take part in an active and healthy lifestyle.

At 10:30 AM, children are encouraged to participate in the 1K for Kids.

The schedule of events is as follows:

10:45 AM Cash Grant Presentation: Tufts Health Plan will present $10,000 cash grant to The Family Van

10:50 AM Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Pre-Race Warm Up with Reebok fitness ambassador Tara Stiles

12:00 Noon Race begins

Closings ceremonies:

1:30 PM Elite Program

1:40 PM Post-Race stretch

1:50 PM Age categories as they become available

Additional information on the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women is available on the official Tufts Health Plan Web site at

About Tufts Health Plan:

Tufts Health Plan is a nonprofit health plan nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. The plan offers members and employers an array of health management programs, which support evidence-based approaches to health and wellness. Tufts Health Plan is one of the few health insurers in Massachusetts to participate in the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid markets, offering coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. Headquartered in Massachusetts, it also serves members in Rhode Island. Visit the web site at

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