The 40th Annual Doc Lopez Run for Health *Virtual Race*


Registration for virtual race open until March 20, 2020.

The 40th Annual Doc Lopez Run for Health to benefit the University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital Auxiliary is now a virtual event.

As a Virtual Participant, you can complete the race distance on the route, day, and time of your choosing as long as it is on or before March 21. No official timing is necessary for Virtual Participants, but as you participate virtually over the coming days on your own or as a small run group or walk, please share photos and stories on social media tagging @ElizabethtownCommunityHospital and using the hashtag #DOCLOPEZRUNFORHEALTH.

T-shirts will be included for half marathon and 5K participants who registered before March 8, 2020 and for 1-mile participants who ordered T-shirts before March 8, 2020.

Half marathon participants receive a race medal and buff. 5K and 1-mile participants receive a key chain and buff.

Contact: For questions regarding the cancellation of the in-person packet pick-up or race, or for more information on the virtual event, please email erogers@ech.org.



History of the Robert “Doc” Lopez & Run for Health (Hope)  

by Susie Lopez Allott

Fifty two men and women representing the 50 states and District of Columbia were chosen to carry the Olympic Torch from Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, to the opening ceremonies in Lake Placid for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Robert Lopez (Doc) age 56, of Westport, NY, a Lake Placid veterinarian, and the oldest runner selected, represented Lake Placid. Michael Luce of Glens Falls represented New York State.

Doc started the Run for Hope, now known as the Doc Lopez Run for Health, in the spring of 1980. Doc ran and organized the Westport 24-hour marathon, the 8-mile Whiteface Mountain run, the 5-mile Frostbite run around Mirror Lake and the Sara-Placid Marathon from Paul Smith’s College to Lake Placid.

Doc completed the Boston and New York marathons several times, and ran marathons nationwide to reach his ultimate goal of 60 by age 60. He eventually surpassed this goal to run 65 marathons and fit in a 50 miler here and there.

Doc became his own one man Polar Bear Club, taking the annual plunge through a hole cut in the ice in several northern lakes; including Lake George, Lake Champlain, Lake Flower, and Mirror Lake.

Not a man of moderation in anything he did, Doc had fourteen children with his loving wife of 62 years, Marjorie Beha Lopez. His favorite sayings included “there is no such word as can’t” and “tell your mother you are not cold, not hungry and not tired.”