‘Move It On Over’ hospital-to-hospital 4-mile run/walk marks opening of new replacement hospital in Cherokee County 


The Cherokee community, along with walkers and runners from throughout the Atlanta area, will celebrate the new replacement Northside Hospital Cherokee with a hospital-to-hospital run/walk.

“Move It On Over” – a 4-miler to support the Arthritis Foundation – is set for Saturday, April 15. Northside Hospital Cherokee’s new facility opens in early May.

This is a timed event, with pre-registration available at www.walktocurearthritis.org/cherokee. Medals will be presented to the top male and top female winners in each age group. All runners receive timing bib and commemorative event T-shirt.

The 4-mile race route begins at the current Northside Hospital Cherokee, 201 Hospital Road in Canton and winds through the city’s picturesque parks and trails (Heritage Park and Etowah River Park). The route’s finish line is at the new hospital off I-575 at the Ga. 20 exit, at Northside Cherokee Boulevard.

“This will be the first opportunity for many in our community to see their new facility,” said Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital Cherokee. “Our current hospital campus has faithfully served the needs of the Cherokee County community for 55 years, but we couldn’t be more excited to move to our new campus.”

The new 480,000 square-foot replacement hospital will offer the same services as the existing hospital and include 105 licensed patient beds, a distinct women’s center, a multi-specialty medical office building, a cancer center and more than 1,600 parking spaces.

“Move It On Over” is a partner event for the Arthritis Foundation’s national Walk to Cure Arthritis, which rallies communities and raises funds to conquer arthritis once and for all. Arthritis is the No. 1 cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Northside Hospital is an essential and leading partner of the Arthritis Foundation and for people with arthritis in Georgia,” said Jamie Johnson, senior executive director for the Southeast, Arthritis Foundation. “We are so excited to help open the doors to the new Northside campus to continue the incredible legacy of quality care in Cherokee county!”

“We are very excited about this inaugural event and we look forward to a long partnership with the Arthritis Foundation in Cherokee County,” said Hayes.

Parking and on-site registration for “Move It On Over” begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the new Northside Hospital Cherokee campus, 450 Northside Cherokee Boulevard. Buses will shuttle participants to the starting line. The race begins at 7:30 a.m.

Participants can register individually or as a team and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Discounted pre-registration is available until Feb. 28 at $25. Fees increase to $30, March 1-31, and to $35, April 1-13.

For more information about “Move It On Over,” a 4-miler in support of the Arthritis Foundation, visit www.walktocurearthritis.org/cherokee.

For more information about the new Northside Hospital Cherokee, opening in May, visit www.northsidecherokee.com.