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7th & final Ole’5K Race
Supports The Anna Seethaler Hospital

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In 1999 local Capuchin-Franciscan, Father Scott Seethaler, visited missionary friends in Oaxaca, Mexico. He was so moved by the extreme poverty and lack of healthcare available that he pledged to build a medical clinic to serve these poorest of the poor. The Anna Seethaler Clinic, named after his mother, opened one year later in November 2000. Today, the clinic has grown into a full service hospital providing healthcare to 2,300 patients each month. The hospital relies on donations from generous benefactors and fundraising events like the Ole’5K.

In 2009, three eighth grade girls were inspired to aid Father Scott in his mission. Cross country runners Jess, Kristyna, and Shannon, with the help of their running families, created the Ole’5K fundraiser as their confirmation projects. Much of the work for this event each year continues to be done by new generations of confirmation candidates. Over the past six years the Ole’ 5K has raised $164,000 for TASH, Inc and the number of participants has grown from 176 to 1100.

This will be the last year for the Ole' 5K! Register today at www.ole5k.com for the 7th & final Ole’5K run/walk which promises to be the biggest and best yet. It will be held on Saturday April 11, 2015 10:00 am at Pie Traynor Field in North Park. This community, family friendly event includes the 5K race, DJ, prizes, Sheetz coffee truck, raffle baskets, and a Mexican buffet lunch which has come to be known as the best post-race fiesta in the ‘burgh! 94 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to The Anna Seethaler Hospital (TASH, Inc) in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Father Scott is a Pittsburgh area native, Catholic priest, counselor, and popular motivational speaker whose ministry takes him throughout the country. He has a daily radio show which can be heard on WEDO-AM. He is passionate about his work in the United States and his calling to provide not only medical attention but compassion and dignity to the poor of Oaxaca.

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