Who participates in the Lab Week Run Virtual 5K?
Participants have predominately been women (86%) who are Medical Laboratory Scientists (58%), Medical Laboratory Educators (12%), or Medical Laboratory Scientist Students (20%). Our runners have come from all 50 states in the United States and have included international participants from United States Military Bases all over the world!
Visit our gallery to see some of our very enthusiastic past participants!
Why Support Lab Week Run?
Each year generous sponsorships from industry leaders make this event possible. Funds raised support the ASCLS Developing and Ascending Professionals Forums in the form of scholarships that enables these professionals to attend the ASCLS Annual Meeting and the Legislative Symposium. The national meeting features continuing education that encompasses all departments of the laboratory and opportunities to participate in the Society’s governance proceedings. The Legislative Symposium allows laboratory professionals to meet face-to-face with their Senators and Congress men and women to discuss issues directly affecting the laboratory science industry.
How does a ‘virtual run’ work?
A virtual race, unlike a traditional race, can be run at any time during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 18 – 24, 2021) and can be run anywhere. Participants can walk, use a treadmill, run outside, or even run in another race concurrently. Participants can perform this race at any speed they like.
Lab Week Run has had participants run, walk, push baby strollers, walk their dog, hike, and even kayak to complete the 5K distance or 3.1 miles. Virtual races can be completed all together or over time, whenever, and however is most convenient for the participant!
Why is the Medical Laboratory Professional week run being held as a virtual race?
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science is a professional organization comprised of hardworking clinical laboratory professionals located all over the United States at all different places at all different times. Coordinating local runs would be an impossible task with our organization’s demographics. Holding the Lab Week Run as a virtual race provides flexibility in time, location, and allows for more professionals to participate. With the advent of the World Wide Web, we can share our photos and participation stories on www.labweekrun.com and Facebook after the race!
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