History

“Because of His Passionate Commitment to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles This Race is Dedicated in Memory of Dr. Bill Gregory.”

Dalton’s largest and friendliest road race has quite a history. The 2020 Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic will mark 40 years since the first race in 1981.

From 1981 – 2007, the race was simply called the “Healthcare Classic,” but in 2007 the race was renamed the “Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic” to honor the late Dr. Bill Gregory who was killed in a bicycling accident in June 2006. Dr. Gregory had a passion for wellness and healthy lifestyles.

In 2013, the Classic enjoyed roughly 2,400 participants. The race has come a long way since 1996 with 541 participants. Then, the Classic was a 5K and a 1-mile “fun run.” It wasn’t until the 2000 “Millennium” Classic when it became a 5K and 2K timed race. The 2K-timed race is to provide more opportunities for younger populations to compete and win awards. Age categories were lowered as well during this effort. In 2012, the 10K distance was added back to the Healthcare Classic to provide a “next step” for 5K participants.

We look forward to seeing you on Race Day!