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Posted: October 9, 2012  

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

Tufts Health Plan presented a $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 gathered 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 included elite athletes, recreational runners and walkers. For the 18th year, USA Track & Field selected the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women as the USA Women's 10K Championship. Hellen Jemutai, of Kenya, took 1st place overall in 32 minutes and 30 seconds, after placing 3rd in the B.A.A. half-marathon the day before. Coming in 2nd in the overall race, Chelsea Reilly of California, took home gold for the national title of the USA Women's 10K Champion with a time of 32 minutes and 41 seconds. The race was Chelsea's first 10k ever. Tara Erdmann, of Arizona, took home a silver medal, completing the 10-K in 32 minutes and 45 seconds. Neely Spence of Pennsylvania took bronze with a time of 32 minutes and 51 seconds.

One of the largest all-women's 10K events in the United States, the Tufts Health Plan 10K attracted women of all athletic abilities who participated for reasons as varied as the women who are expected to run. Founded by Conventures, Inc. in 1977, the race is a 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 made 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 were a variety of activities focused on supporting health and wellness that took place on the Boston Common throughout the day. At the Health & Fitness Pavilion, fitness clothing and accessories were 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.

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 TuftsHealthPlan.com.

About Conventures. Inc.:

Conventures is New England's largest integrated marketing, communications and special events production company. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Conventures has defined the event marketing space and been the driving force behind the areas most memorable and effective special event campaigns. Conventures' position as an industry leader is further reinforced by its innovative integration of services including public relations and marketing. Conventures has produced successful programs for clients worldwide for over 35 years. For more about Conventures, please visit Conventures.com.


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