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14th Annual Shirley's Heart Run is Saturday, June 16

14th Annual Shirley's Heart Run is Saturday, June 16

The 14th annual Shirley's Heart Run, a fundraiser for the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Cardiology Fund, will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 9:00 am. This 5K run or walk starts and ends at Rendezvous Park (R Park) in Wilson.

“This important community event is hosted each year in memory of Shirley Kyle, who died suddenly from a heart attack in 2005,” said Foundation president John Goettler, "Shirley’s Heart Run raises awareness of the importance of early detection of the signs of heart disease. The Cardiology Fund has allowed us to support patients, purchase essential medical equipment like portable defibrillators, and provide heart-related programs."

The out-and-back course follows the pathway from R Park to the Wilson pedestrian bridge, crosses the Snake River to the Emily's Pond Levee trail (also known as the dike), and continues along the east shore of the Snake River.

This year, the Foundation invites all 5th graders from Teton County to participate for free. Students from Alta, Classical Academy, Colter, Jackson, Journeys School, Kelly, Moran, and Wilson Elementary are encouraged to gather their classmates to run or walk on Saturday. A donation will be made to the St. John’s Hospital Foundation Cardiology Fund in honor of each 5th grade participant.

The pre-registration entry fee of $20 includes a t-shirt (for the first 100 registrants), a raffle ticket for numerous prizes donated by local businesses, and more. E.leaven will provide breakfast burritos, and hot and cold beverages will be served to participants and spectators.

To register, click here. Race day registration is offered for $25 starting at 8 am at R Park. Packet pickup is 8-8:45 am.

Parking is very limited at R Park. Participants should park at the Stilson Lot and walk through the pedestrian underpass to R Park or park at the Emily's Pond parking lot and walk over the pedestrian bridge to R Park. Please arrive early to leave plenty of time to find a parking space and walk to the race starting line.

For more information about the race, contact Mary Katherine King at the Hospital Foundation at 307 739 7517.


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About St. John’s Hospital Foundation

The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and community wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or

About St. John’s Medical Center

St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.