11 July 2016 • Saturday, August 20th: first annual State-of-the-Heart® 5K Race and Walk

On Saturday, August 20th at beautiful Hartwood Acres, Noveome Biotherapeutics will host the first annual State-of-the-Heart® 5K Race and Walk. With Highmark Health as a lead sponsor, this race will be one of the final organized events to provide a warm-up opportunity for the popular City of Pittsburgh Great Race in September.


The State-of-the-Heart® 5K Race and Walk will benefit Verland, one of our region’s largest providers of services for people with severe disabilities.  All proceeds from this inaugural race and walk will be used for housing, rehabilitation, health services, and medical care for Verland’s clients, who comprise the most vulnerable and affected population in our region.  This event will help to provide the vital support needed to enable Verland to fulfill its mission to . . . Establish, support, operate, and sustain the best possible programs for the holistic well-being of the individuals whom we serve, without prejudice.

This race through the scenic Hartwood Acres grounds and the surrounding countryside will have a festive atmosphere, featuring music, entertainment, snacks, and an awards ceremony.  Each walker or racer will receive a “goodie bag,” and special prizes will be awarded to those participants who, individually or as a team, raise the most money.

Race Registration Site

Race Fundraising Site

Download the flyer here:

Verland 5K Race Map measured out by Pro Bike and Run.   http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1176661603

Want to ride one of these?


Visit our Race Facebook Page for more information!  https://www.facebook.com/stateoftheheart5k

We have plenty of fun in store for the 1-mile fun relay.  It is great for kids and adults.  Relay can be done solo if you are up for the challenge.  There will be two games to participate in.  A 2 minute timed race where you will race to fill a bucket with as much water as you can.  The second game will be a one-mile race on an inflatable pony!

There will be a DJ, basket raffles, 50/50, caricature artist, balloon artist, face painter, and chair massages!  Lots of fun in store for our first annual race!  Register online at https://register.chronotrack.com/r/21053

Thank you to our sponsors. Highmark, NovaCare, Pro Bike & Run, Renaissance Architects, Turner Construction