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A little about our 5K…
Nicole Podkowa was the wife of Southcoast Health primary care physician, Dr. John Podkowa. Nicole passed away in May 2016 of breast cancer and left behind her husband and two young boys.

As a way of honoring her memory and kind spirit, Dr. Podkowa has asked us to support him in this new endeavor, the first ever 5K run/walk, with all proceeds to benefit the Nicole Podkowa Patient Family & Caregiver Fund to assist Southcoast Health Cancer Center patients and families.

Sunday, May 6
10:00 a.m.
The Bay Club
63 County Road
Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Parking: Old Rochester Regional High School
135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739

Shuttle service will be provided
(Parking at the Bay Club is reserved for handicapped vehicles only.)

Registration and number pick-up at the Bay Club from 8 – 9 a.m. for those unable to pre-register.

Sign Up for this event or click here to Donate

About the Nicole Podkowa Patient Family Caregiver Fund…
This very unique fund is dedicated to help patients diagnosed with cancer or their caregivers with financial assistance. The fund helps patients being treated at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care who are in need of financial assistance for utility payments, food, housing, transportation, cancer related supplies and other necessities.

The fund is sustainable purely by donations from community groups, in memoriam donations, fundraisers from local sports events and individual donations. Over the past couple of years we have found the financial needs of our patients to be increasing, primarily due to the younger age group being diagnosed when they are in the most vulnerable financial time of their lives. This 5K Run/Walk will give us the opportunity to raise the much needed financial support and sustain this valuable fund.


Are strollers allowed?
Yes, we want this to be a family friendly event. For your safety and the safety of the other runners and walkers, please stay vigilant of those moving around you.

Where can I park for the event?
Parking will be available at Old Rochester Regional High School, 135 Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Shuttle service will be provided throughout the event.

Can I use an iPod during the 5K run/walk?
The choice is yours. We will have the course blocked off to residential traffic. However, wearing an iPod-like device does impair your ability to be fully aware of your surroundings. Additionally, you may miss a fellow runner or spectator pass on some words of encouragement to you while on the course.

Can I run/walk with my dog?
We’re sorry – we love dogs too, but this race cannot allow dogs (even on leashes) to participate.

My whole family is coming – can they watch?
SURE! We recommend watching on the sidelines on Bay Club Drive. Signs will be posted to direct your cheering squad.

Will there be post-race food?
Absolutely, but please remember it’s just for the participating runners and walkers.