ONSF held its 6TH Annual 5K Run/Walk & Expo. This year’s theme was the Race to Stop the Opioid Epidemic. Runners, joggers, families with strollers and many children gathered at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, in Old Greenwich, CT for the early morning start. It was a beautiful day to follow the 5K course that proved to be challenging for the experienced runner as well as enjoyed by beginners.

Prior to the race athletes participated in a warm-up session under the direction of ONS PT Alexandra Ranieri. In addition, a Kids 0.5 Fun-Run warm up was supervised by Elite Health Services. All participants enjoyed the music by DJ Anthony Radice and the wonderful food and beverage selections compliments of Aux Délices.

Race participants were encouraged to bring their unused/expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to deposit in the drop-off box donated and supervised by the Greenwich Police Department.

Proceeds from the 6th Annual ONSF 5K will directly benefit the ONSF current research project UNRAVELING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN POST-SURGICAL PATIENTS. Utilizing its nationally recognized skills, ONSF (ONS Foundation for Clinical Research & Education) works diligently to unravel some of this country’s opioid epidemic with specific emphasis on reducing and eventually eliminating the use of narcotics postoperatively. The Institutional Review Board at Greenwich Hospital has vetted and approved this study.

Photographs by Cheryl Moss