Karen Kovacs, Clinical Director of our physical therapy clinic in Hayes (southern end of Gloucester), was pleased to present a collection of race medals collected Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Tidewater Physical Therapy-hosted Richmond Endurance Athlete Symposium and Expo.
The symposium drew nearly 500 attendees and 40 business sponsors for a day of education and inspiration. The day-long event featured world-renowned, inspirational speakers such as champion triathlete Michellie Jones and nine-time Tour de France rider Frankie Andreu, as well as a myriad of experts in the fields of sports medicine, endurance training, biomechanics and injury prevention.
In addition to the event being a fundraiser for Richmond 2015, organizers of the World Cycling Championships, and the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, Tidewater Physical Therapy collected attendees’ marathon, half marathon and triathlon finisher medals during the event in support of Medals4Mettle.
Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of endurance event medals to “children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life,” according to the M4M web site. “It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.”
M4M works with a network of physicians and volunteers to award the medals around the country. Virginia has a M4M chapter in Hampton Roads that Tidewater Physical Therapy will work with to see that the medals collected at the symposium are paid forward and do a greater good!