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Posted: October 4, 2016:  

Athletics: Celebrating Four Decades of Power, Camaraderie and Triumph - Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Registers 7,000+ Women

Famed Columbus Day Road Race is a Magnet for Elites and Novice Runners Alike

Boston, MA- This Columbus Day, more than 7,000 women will come together to race in the 40th anniversary of the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women. A celebration of women’s health and fitness, the race welcomes participants of all ages and abilities including elite athletes, wheelchair and hand cycle racers, recreational runners and walkers alike.

As the official USATF 10K National Championship for women, this year’s Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women will feature twenty of the country’s most elite female runners.

Starting Line 2015

"We're committed to the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, and enjoy coming here every Columbus Day to celebrate our employees and all runners of the race," said Tom Croswell, President and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, lead sponsor of the race. "I look forward to joining the thousands of spectators in cheering on each participant as they cross the finish line."

"Just go out there and run or walk - but be out there and be healthy. The Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women is a ‘happening’ and there’s no other event quite like it. There are participants ranging in age from 8 to 80+; world class elite runners and women who have only recently made a commitment to their health; and women of all abilities," said Dusty Rhodes, CEO of Conventures, Inc., race founder and organizer. Rhodes knew from it’s inception that the race had struck a chord with women aiming to improve their health and well being when more than 2,200 showed up, smashing the expected field of 200.

Starting Line 1977

Since 1977, the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women is a signature Boston event, welcoming runners from across the country to participate. This year 18 women will run for the fortieth time. Local television personality Jenny Johnson joins the long time voice of the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Sharon Barbano as Master of Ceremonies.

In addition to the race, the Sports & Fitness Expo, on the Boston Common, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will offer a variety of activities focused on supporting health and wellness. Browse new fitness clothing and accessories, sample healthy foods and enjoy fitness demonstrations and many other tools used to encourage people to take part in an active and healthy lifestyle.

The race will kick-off at 10:50am on the corner of Charles and Beacon Street with a warm-up by Kelly Brabants, one of Boston’s most popular fitness instructors. The race will officially start at noon. For the younger runners, there will be a free 1K for Kids (recommended for children ages 10 and under) starting at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women or to register please visit Check out event updates on the Facebook Page, @THP10K on Twitter, @THP10K on Instagram or follow the conversation using #THP10K.

About Tufts Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than one million members in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island through employer-sponsored plans, Medicare and Medicaid/subsidized plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance.

Tufts Health Plan continually ranks among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our private HMO and PPO plans are rated 5, the highest rating possible, by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.* Tufts Health Plan is the only health plan in the nation to receive the rating for both its HMO and PPO products. Tufts Health Plan PPO is the only PPO plan in America to receive the 5 out of 5 rating. Our Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of 5.** Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans earned a 5-star rating, the highest rating possible, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for 2016. Only 12 plans nationally achieved this distinction.

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*NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017

**NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017

About Conventures, Inc.

Celebrating nearly 40 years, Conventures is New England’s premiere special events agency, focused on integrated event management, public relations and marketing. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Conventures has defined the event marketing space for over four decades and has been the driving force behind the area’s most memorable and high-profile special event campaigns. Conventures is responsible for managing many city-wide celebrations including Sail Boston, First Night, Boston Harborfest, and Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, to name a few.

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