On September 16, 2011 Frye Regional Medical Center held the Do The Unthinkable 5k featuring Scott Rigsby, the first double-amputee in the world to finish an Ironman distance triathlon with prosthetics at the 140.6-mile World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The local race was a huge success in its first year with over 400 racers coming out on a chilly Saturday morning.
To encourage healthy habits in our community and children Frye Regional Medical Center sponsored a school challenge that was offered to all Hickory City, Catawba County and Newton/Conover Schools. The elementary, middle and high school with the most participation in the race won a years worth of supplies for their nurses stations.
Sixteen local schools participated in the challenge; the participants were: Blackburn Elementary, Clyde Campbell Elementary, Jenkins Elementary, Oakwood Elementary, Lyle Creek Elementary, Mt.View Elementary, Snow Creek Elementary, St.Stephens Elementary, Viewmont Elementary, Webb Murray Elementary, Grandview Middle, Jacobs Fork Middle, Northview Middle, River Bend Middle, Fred T. Foard High and Hickory High School.
The winning schools were Clyde Campbell Elementary, Snow Creek Elementary, Jacobs Fork Middle and Fred T Foard High School. There were two elementary schools chosen because of the overwhelming response from their faculty and students. Rich Ellis, COO of Frye Regional Medical Center personally delivered the school supplies and plaques to the winning schools to thank them for their support and commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle to their students and staff.