Allegheny, Beaver and Butler Counties


Free Care 5K – presented by Paracca Interiors Flooring America

St. Barnabas Charities Logo


Saturday | August 4, 2018 @ 9 a.m.
St. Barnabas Gibsonia Campus | 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia PA 15044


2017 Free Care 5K Overall Winners

Thank you to all sponsors, participants and volunteers that made this year's race a success! View full race results here. Event photos are available at this link. Our partners at WPXI-TV also posted event photos at this link.

1st Place Male
Nick Edinger | 15:14
Mars, PA
1st Place Female
Laura Harnish | 17:43
Pittsburgh, PA

Medals were given to the top three winners in 16 age categories in the men’s and women’s divisions, plus Master and Grandmaster divisions.

Help us set the pace in a race to provide free health care.

For a quarter-century, trekking Meridian Road has been as much a part of western Pennsylvanian summers as watching fireworks. The tradition will continue August 5th with the 26th annual St. Barnabas Free Care 5K presented by Paracca Interiors Flooring America.

Whether a fitness enthusiast seeking the challenge of the North Hills’ top-rated course or merely a fan of a great summer party, participation is a guaranteed treat for you and others. Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which affords $7 million in care to patients and residents every year.

Our event is open to competitive and amateur runners, joggers, walkers, teams, stroller pushers and wheelchair racers of all ages. Prizes are awarded to top finishers and specialty bags are received by the first 1,000 registrants.

Over 1,000 participants and 100 volunteers helped make the 2016 St. Barnabas Free Care 5K the best race yet. But we know we can do better with your help.

Entry Fee

  • $25 before August 5, $30 on Race Day.
  • The team registration deadline is July 28, 2017.
  • 5K My Way - for ages 70+ - $17
  • Fees are non-refundable.

Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund.


Earn community service hours! Call 724-625-3770 or email HDovenspike@StBarnabasHealthSystem.com.


Competitive and amateur runners, joggers, walkers, teams, stroller pushers and wheelchair racers of all ages. No inline skates or pets. No smoking.

Awards Ceremony / Post-Race Party

10 a.m. St. Barnabas Medical Center lawn.

Joe Klimchak

Emceed by WPXI-TV’s Trisha Pittman and in-game host of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Joe Klimchak. Refreshments and beverages free to all registrants! Music and dozens of prizes in post-race drawings.


  • $250 for top male and female finishers, sponsored by First National Bank
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes: top overall men and women
    ages 9-under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 and over, wheelchair racers, and teams.
  • Master and Grand Master categories

Special Features

  • ChampionChip Timing
  • NEW this year - the timing chip is located in the bib. There is no separate chip to remove.
  • Post race party & raffle prizes
  • Elite runners #1-200 and start line corral
  • Rolling 3.1 mile out-and-back course - RACE MAP is available here.
  • USA Track & Field certified
  • 1,000+ Runners/Walkers

Craft Beer Basket Raffle

Tickets are available for only $10 each for the chance to a win a cooler filled with an assortment of tasty craft beer from popular brewers.

Tickets can be purchased on race day at the registration table and from volunteers selling throughout the crowd. Winner need not be present.

Proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefit the Free Care Fund.


Your True time - start line to finish line - timed with ChampionChip. Conducted by Runner’s High professional service. Same day results online at FreeCare5K.com.

T-Shirts & Runner Bags

Runner bags to the first 1,000 registrants. All early registrants are guaranteed a race T-shirt.

Team Competition

  • Friends, co-workers, families and neighbors!
  • 3-5 per team.
  • Team entries must be submitted together with payment.
  • School teams - please call to register.
  • Registration deadline for teams is July 28.

Special Category: 5K My Way

  • Ages 70+
  • Skip the turn around and walk 0.3 miles straight from start line to finish line.
  • Entry fee $17

Pace Team

Achieve your race goal with the help of the Steel City Road Runners Pace Team. They will offer pacers for 7 to 13 minute mile split times.


On-line: Online registration is now closed. Same-day registration is available Saturday morning beginning at 7 AM.

Phone: (724) 625-3770

Registration & Packet Pick-up on Race Day:
St. Barnabas Medical Center Drive - Get Directions

A Gift for You!
Redeem your race bib for a $5 credit toward a purchase at Beautiful Buys Specialty Shoppe, Conley Resort & Golf, Rudolph Auto Repair or Suncrest Golf Course. Expires 1/1/2018.

Packet Pick-Up

Thursday, August 3
4 - 7 pm
The Washington Place- Get Directions
5847 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044
Friday, August 4
12 - 3 pm
Mars High School - Get Directions
520 PA-228, Mars, PA 16046
Race Day
7 - 8:30 a.m.
St. Barnabas Medical Center Drive - Get Directions
5830 Meridian Road, Gibsonia PA 15044

Course Records

  • Men: Josh Simpson, Morgantown, WV | 14:36 (2013)
  • Women: Aubrey Moskal, Morgantown, WV | 16:25 (2015)
  • Wheelchair: Kelly Timms, formerly of Mt. Oliver | 20:10 (1995)

2016 Free Care 5K Race Recap

5K Starting Line

2016 Free Care 5K 2016 Overall Winners

1st Place Male
Jed Christiansen | 15:16
Grove City, PA
1st Place Female
Lisa Lucas | 18:12
Pittsburgh, PA

The second male finisher was Zach Roshon, Chagrin Falls, OH at 15:58 and Jacob Halasowski, Pittsburgh, PA with a time of 16:28. The second female, with a time of 18:20, was Lauren Finikiotis, Gibsonia, PA and the third was Mica Hanish, Baden, PA at 18:33.

Ninety-six more medals were given to the top three winners in the 16 age categories in the men’s and women’s divisions. Plus Master and Grandmaster divisions.

Donnie Hersh

Free Care Fund
Proceeds benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which provides more than $7 million each year to needy patients at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and The Arbors at St. Barnabas who can not afford their care.
To donate to the Free Care Fund, TEXT the word GIVE to 41444 and hit send.

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Call (724) 625-3770 or
email St. Barnabas Charities.

St. Barnabas Charities
Free Care 5K

5850 Meridian Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044

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