Bellin’s Cleven Receives Rural Health Ambassador Award

Bellin Health is pleased to announce that Brian Cleven, Founder and Race Director of the Bellin Health Marinette 5K Heart Run/Walk, has been honored with the prestigious 2023 Rural Health Ambassador Award by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC). This award acknowledges individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment in advocating for their organizations and have made significant contributions to rural healthcare.

The Rural Health Ambassador Award signifies the remarkable dedication of individuals who consistently go the extra mile in uplifting their respective communities and enhancing the quality of rural healthcare. Cleven’s passion for the well-being of the Marinette community and his contributions to physical fitness are acknowledged through this accolade.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Rural Health Ambassador Award from the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative,” said Cleven. “The Marinette 5K Heart Run/Walk brings me so much pride, and I am thrilled to see the positive impact it has had on the health and well-being of our community. This award is a testament to the collective effort and support of my team at Bellin Health, the participants, volunteers and communities involved. The 2023 edition of the Heart Run kicked off the 2023-24 Tri-City Event Series, which unites physical activity events in Marinette, Menominee and Peshtigo seeking to grow participation, improve wellness and build deeper community connections.”

Cleven’s vision to offer affordable opportunities for the Marinette community to participate in physical activities materialized with the establishment of the Marinette 5K Run/Walk in 2022. This annual event encourages a healthy and active lifestyle among residents and fosters a sense of unity within the community. The 2024 Marinette 5K will take place Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Bellin Health takes immense pride in its endeavors to enhance the health and well-being of the communities it serves. Cleven’s recognition as the 2023 Rural Health Ambassador further exemplifies the organization’s dedication to enriching the health and well-being of the Marinette community and its surrounding areas.

“We are extremely proud of Brian’s accomplishments and his unwavering commitment to improving the health and lives of individuals in Marinette and beyond,” said Julie Bieber, Vice President, Bellin Health Oconto Hospital. “His dedication to promoting physical activity and fostering a culture of wellness continues to have a profound positive impact on our community.”