Every Labor Day, runners, joggers and walkers hit the streets of beautiful downtown Franklin for the Franklin Classic, a 10k, 5k and 1k Fun Run. The event is hosted by and benefits Mercy Community Healthcare.

More than 10,000 patients from more than 30 counties call Mercy their healthcare home. In Mercy’s four county (Williamson, Maury, Hickman, and Marshall) service area, the patient to doctor ratio is more than 4,000 to 1. For Behavioral Healthcare, the ratio is more than 6,000 to 1. There are an estimated 50,000 uninsured persons in Mercy’s service area. Mercy has a staff of more than eighty full and part–time staff.

Mercy Community Healthcare is known for it’s accessible, affordable, compassionate, whole-person care. No one is turned away because of their inability to pay.

Mercy must raise over $1 million a year to cover their costs of serving uninsured patients. You can help them reach this goal by participating in the 38th Annual Franklin Classic, Monday, Sept 5th.

Register online here or you can register at the event, registration opens at 5:45am. The 10K begins at 7am, the 5K begins at 8am and the 1K Fun Run begins at 9:30am. Register before August 17 to save $10 on your race registration. Newly added this year, kids in the 1k will receive a bib and timer chip. Learn more about what’s new for 2016 here.