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Botsford Challenges Other Hospital Teams at Detroit Free Press Marathon

Farmington Hills, Mich. (September 15, 2011)---The relay running group Botsford Running powered past most at last October's Detroit Free Press Marathon, placing 11th overall out of 596 relay teams, third for coed teams and first in the medical/legal division had they entered this division. 
 
The team was a 40-something family medicine physician, two family medicine residents, a patient who is a breast cancer survivor—all affiliated with Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills—and one friend. This year's team includes three members aged 40 or older. Two will be patients, including that breast cancer survivor, who proves that there is a lot to life after a serious illness. Two women and three men comprise the team. 
 
Will Another Team Meet the Challenge? 
Botsford Running is throwing down the gauntlet, challenging other hospitals in southeastern Michigan to try to beat them at this year’s Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 16. 
 
It will be interesting to see if another hospital will accept the challenge put out by Botsford, the hospital with the “Smaller size. Big results.” tagline. Training for marathons takes serious commitment throughout the year. 
 
The team is willing to negotiate with challengers on conditions the losing team would have to meet, because a friendly wager makes a challenge more interesting. Contact team member Ron Kuzdak, D.O., of Farmington Village Family Practice at (248) 476-5080 to discuss terms. 
 
Walking the Talk 
Dr. Kuzdak, last year's only 40-something team member, talks openly with patients about exercise: “I ask patients if they exercise. Most ask how I stay in shape, so I tell them I’ve been running cross-country since high school. But, I wouldn’t want them to feel intimidated. So, I follow up by saying something like exercise will improve your health no matter when you start.” 
 
Dr. Kuzdak is backed up by guidelines set out by the American Cancer Society, which encourage people to get active, regardless of their age. What getting active can mean for you: significantly lowered lifetime risk for not only cancer, but also heart disease and diabetes. 
 
PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Botsford Running at the 2010 Detroit Free Press Marathon.

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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