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Hoag Invests in a Healthier Community

Healthy communities create healthy people – people who stay physically, socially and mentally fit throughout their lives.

Providing world-class health care is just one way that Hoag supports Orange County’s health. The other is by sponsoring and promoting the kinds of events that keep Orange County going strong.

Already a longtime sponsor of the Hoag Classic PGA TOUR Champions Golf Tournament and OC Soccer Club, with whom Hoag recently signed another 5-year contract, Hoag is now the first title sponsor of the 20th annual OC Marathon. Now dubbed the Hoag OC Marathon, the May 3-5, 2024, event drew more than 20,000 runners to the sweeping vistas of the marathon route.

“We envision a world in which people are empowered to achieve their best health, to live their best lives and do their best work. By encouraging and promoting community level sports, fitness and activities, we are living our mission,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO. “When runners and spectators attended the marathon, they experienced how a world-class medical center not only treats people when they’re sick, but encourages the kind of lifestyle that keeps  them well.”

The official health care partner of the World Surf League in California, Hoag has long been committed to promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Sponsoring the marathon was a natural extension of that commitment.

“The recipe for lifelong health is staying physically, socially and mentally active. By getting out in the community, participating in marathons, half-marathons, surfing, cycling – whatever your   passion is – you are taking control of your health,” said Jeremiah Ray, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., C.Q.S.M., with Hoag Sports Medicine. “My goal is to help others achieve their goals whether this is running a marathon or standing up on a surfboard. Everyone has a body and uses it in ways that bring them joy, and I’m here to help make that happen.”

Science shows that the benefits of running increase your quality of life and longevity by decreasing your risk of diabetes and certain cancers, improving your mental health, promoting weight loss and boosting your cognitive health.

“Hoag is proud to partner with organizations like OC Marathon that promotes whole-person health,” Braithwaite said. “Our sponsorship is a recognition that wellness is not a sprint. It is, in fact, a marathon.”

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