Every little step they take can leave a huge footprint in the health care field.

It is with that sense of satisfaction, then, that individuals will anxiously partake in the 12th Annual Blue Mountain Health System 5K Road Race-Walk & Kids Fun Run.

Presented by the Medical Staff of the Blue Mountain Health System, the event will be held Saturday, May 11. Registration is at 8 a.m. The Kid's Run is at 10 a.m.

The course is a loop with start/finish at the Palmerton Borough Park, located at Third and Franklin Avenue. The 5,000 meter course is officially certified by the USA Track & Field Association.

All proceeds benefit the Blue Mountain Health System. Last year's event attracted 470 participants.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female runner. Stethoscopes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers ages 12-and-under; 13-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 & up.

There will also be a Team Competition, with awards given to the Team with the Most Finishers, and the Fastest Team.

First prize in each category is a $100 check made out to a charity of the team's choosing. There must be a minimum of four members per team.

The Kid's Fun Run will take place entirely inside the park for children ages: 4-and-under, mile; ages: 5-6, mile; ages 7-8, 1/2 mile; ages 9-10,1 mile. All entrants will receive a medal.

For safety reasons, bikes are not permitted on the course at the time of the event.

Mail race applications to BMHS Fund Development 211 N. 12th Street Lehighton, PA 18235

For more information, contact the BMHS Fund Development Office (610) 377-7350.