The official groundbreaking for Owensboro Medical Health System’s new hospital at its Daniels Lane property appeared to go off without a hitch on Saturday.
The 5K run/walk drew one of the largest fields for a race in the Owensboro area with 1,100 participants. Had the event not been held on the same weekend as the state high school track meet, the field probably would’ve been even bigger.
About half of the runners and walkers completed the event and boarded the shuttle back to the starting line where they parked their cars, missing out on the speeches and dirt turning by state and local officials.
OMHS offered post-race refreshments. Ironically, one of the treats was free hot dogs, not exactly the healthiest of foods, although it’s as American as mom and apple pie.
If you’re a fan of building ceremonies such as these, get ready to mark your calendar. According to OMHS spokeswoman Barbara Taylor, there will be a “topping out” event, probably next year.
A topping out is when the last beam is placed on top of a building, a tree or leafy branch is placed there, too, sometimes with flags and streamers tied to it. Also, a toast may be offered. The tradition began in Europe.
And, of course, when the new hospital opens its doors in 2013, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony.