Cancellation of 2021 Borgess Run, Run Camp and The Kalamazoo Marathon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of the Borgess Run for the Health of It, the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run Camp in 2021.

We have every intention of conducting these events in 2022.

“Our commitment to the safety and well-being of our participants and volunteers made this decision unavoidable,” said Peter Bergmann, President of Ascension Borgess. “We value our relationship with the community that has allowed us to bring this commitment to life over the past 40 years. And we have every expectation that the current health challenges we face will embolden our efforts to recommit to this important part of our mission.”

The Borgess Run for the Health of It was introduced to the community in 1980. Borgess Run Camp began in 2000 and became widely recognized as the largest and most successful camp of its type in the nation. Like the Borgess Run, it has often been credited by participants as life changing and life saving. The first Kalamazoo Marathon was introduced in 2011 and has been recognized by running magazines, runner groups and participants as among the best organized races in the country.

In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals, including Ascension Borgess, and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 23,000 associates.

Across the state, Ascension provided over $311 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in FY2020. Serving Michigan for over 140 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.

As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2020, Ascension provided $2.4 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.

Ascension includes more than 160,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 146 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting throuAscension’s own group purchasing organization. Visit