Annual marathon to raise funds for local diabetes group
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 8, 2014) — The 7th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Marathon will be held April 12 on campus. The marathon is sponsored by the Healthy Lifestyle Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program and includes cycling, walking and running events.
The cycling event is 26.2 miles, the running event is 8 miles and the walking event is an 8K. The events begin at 8 a.m. on University Avenue. Pre-registration is from 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. The marathon theme, “From Start to Fitness,” builds on the premise that competitive sports activities can help encourage healthy exercise routines for individuals and their families.
A $25 registration fee is required for all who wish to compete for cash prizes. The prizes range from $300-$500 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. People can also participate in each category as “non-competitive individuals” who just enjoy exercising and have no interest in competing for prizes. Registration is free for non-competitive participants. All proceeds will benefit the Tuskegee Area Diabetes Support Group.
“Studies consistently support the notion that regular exercise, and running in particular, has health benefits that vastly improve your physical, emotional and mental health,” said Dr. Vivian Carter, the program’s organizer. “We hope we are helping participants establish a regular habit of exercise that will last long after this event ends.”
About Healthy Lifestyle Program
The Healthy Lifestyle Program is designed to inform residents in Bullock and Macon Counties about cancer and cancer risk reduction through physical activity and proper nutrition. This program is part of the Community Outreach Component of the Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education, with joint participation from: (1) the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/University of Alabama-Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership at Tuskegee University; (2) Community Outreach, the Healthy Lifestyle Program in Bullock and Macon Counties and other network members and (3) Let’s Move!
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