Tuskegee University’s 12th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Marathon, sponsored by the Healthy Lifestyle Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program, is set for Saturday, April 13. The event, which will begin at 8 a.m. in Downtown Tuskegee, includes options to cycle 26.2 miles, as well to run/walk 12K, 5K and one-mile courses.
This year’s theme, “Livin’ My Best Life,” underscores the annual event’s emphasis on how competitive sports activities can help encourage healthy exercise routines for individuals and their families.
“We anticipate another banner year for our marathon as we encourage more and more people to participate in this fun-filled day of events,” said Dr. Vivian Carter, the marathon’s organizer and deputy director of community engagements for the university’s Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education. “I am grateful for the wonderful support that we receive from individuals and businesses in the Tuskegee community. Our ongoing success is a direct result of the time, resources and monetary commitments that we receive from our loyal contributors and our hard-working volunteers.”
Day-of registration will be open from 7:15 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. on April 13, however, participants can also download, complete and return a registration form prior to the event, or register online. The event is free to anyone wishing to participate on a “non-competitive” basis, however, all participants must complete a registration form.
Those wanting to compete and qualify for monetary prizes must pay the $25 registration fee. Prizes ranging from $25 to $300 for will be available to first- through third-place finishers in all competitive categories. Proceeds from the marathon will benefit local nonprofit health awareness organizations.
Event organizers also welcome vendors who wish to be present throughout the event. There are no fees for vendors, but they do need to provide their own tables, chairs and tents. Those wishing to participate as vendors should complete and submit a vendor form.
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. It is part of the community outreach component of the Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education, with joint participation from the Morehouse School of Medicine / Tuskegee University / University of Alabama-Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership at Tuskegee University, the Utilities Board of Tuskegee, and the Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
For more information or questions about registering or serving as a vendor, contact Tracey Moon at 334.750.2864 or Cheryl Ferguson at 334.421.9054. Those wishing to volunteer can contact Moon or Ferguson, or download and complete the registration form as well.
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