Mar 05, 2020 | Health Sciences

Columbia State to Host Lungs of Steel 5k

columbia state respiratory care students stand at maury county park
Photo Caption: 2018 Lungs of Steel event.

*Update 4/8/20*

The Lungs of Steel 5k is canceled. 

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all Columbia State Community College campuses are closed. Additional updates related to COVID-19 can be found at

–  March 5, 2020) - - -Columbia State Community College’s Respiratory Care Club, in collaboration with Maury County Parks and Recreation, will host the 11th Lungs of Steel 5k Run/Walk on April 18. 

The 5k run/walk will take place at Maury County Park in Columbia. 

The pre-registration deadline is March 21.It is $25 to pre-register. Pre-registration for kids 12 and under is $10 each. Early registrants will receive a T-shirt. Race-day registration begins at 8 a.m. and is $35 for the 5k run/walk and $15 for kids 12 and under. The race will begin at 9 a.m.

“Everyone needs to breathe,” said R. David Johnson, Columbia State program director and associate professor of respiratory care. “Students trained as respiratory therapists at Columbia State go on to careers that include the assessment, diagnostic evaluation, treatment and care for patients with breathing disorders.”

The Respiratory Care Club uses this event to raise money to attend the respiratory care state convention.

“As a part of their training, respiratory care students attend the state convention each year,” Johnson said. “It is a great place to see the larger profession, hear expert lecturers, see state-of-the-art equipment and make employment contacts. The proceeds from this run help with expenses to attend the convention.” 

The race is open to the public and the registration form is available online at For additional information, contact Jenny Nguyen at 808.780.2658 or by email at