Run a virtual 5K for $25 to support Indianapolis-area ER workers

Bolt for the Heart launches quarantine challenge in central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A local organization issuing a quarantine challenge to the community.

It’s a way to help say thank you to Indianapolis-area health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bolt for the Heart is calling on people to get moving during the Indiana governor’s “stay at home” order as a way to support local businesses and provide food to workers in local emergency rooms.

It’s a virtual 5K. You register online at boltfortheheart.com for $25 by April 5 and then run or walk the distance in any way and in any amount of time you can. That can be on a treadmill, within your neighborhood as long as you’re practicing social distancing, or even if you just count your steps while doing household chores.

Bolt for the Heart started 10 years ago as an organization dedicated to purchasing and donated automated external defibrillators, or AEDs. It’s placed the life-saving units in every indiana State Police troopers’ vehicle and now is working to make all Indiana sheriff’s offices are rescue-ready as well.

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The board raises funds through an annual Thanksgiving Day 5K in Carmel with a loyal following. That event has its limitations, but board president Pierre Twer said this virtual 5K quarantine challenge can be as big as the community wants it to be.

“At this point, we’re starting small with breakfast appreciation if you will, but lunches as dinners and doing some other special things for the front line health care providers, so I think we’ve tapped into something that has struck a nerve with a lot of people. They’re able to do something good for themselves, they’re able to make a contribution … a tax-deductible contribution and then they know that money is going to go toward people who are working pretty hard,” Twer said.

The first appreciation breakfast will be delivered to health care workers at several central Indiana locations on April 1. Bolt for the Heart will be buying coffee from Java House Coffee Bar in Carmel and pastries from Titus Bakery and Deli in Westfield.

In just the first day of registrations, the Bolt for the Heart Quarentine Challenge has raised more than $10,000.