Bolt for the Heart announced the second annual 5K Family Run/Walk and inaugural Half Marathon at a kickoff event yesterday. The event was hosted by event sponsor Franciscan Health Michigan City. The race is set for 9AM, Sunday, Sept. 27 at Washington Park in Michigan City, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from sponsorships and tax-deductible registrations will go to purchasing AEDs (automatic external defibrillators) to be placed into LaPorte County first responder vehicles.

Also, Bolt for the Heart will be donating 25 AEDs today to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

As the presenting sponsor of Bolt for the Heart – LaPorte County, Franciscan Health is committed to keeping race participants healthy and safe, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adjustments to the race will include social distancing, hand sanitizing, face masks, as well as a virtual race option.

Also attending the kickoff was Julie West, founder of the Play For Jake Foundation, which will once again be a participating sponsor in the race.  The foundation is named in honor of Jake West, a LaPorte High School football player who passed away suddenly during practice from an undetected heart condition. Online registration and sponsorship options for the Bolt for the Heart Family 5K/Half Marathon is available at