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July 6, 2010 > Run to the Lake

Run to the Lake

By Julie Grabowski

Lace up your running shoes and get set for Eden Medical Center's Run to the Lake Sunday, July 11. The 5K and 10K event benefits the prevention education programs of Eden's Trauma Center and provides a great day of exercise, fun, and community enrichment.

The race begins in front of the Medical Center at 8 a.m., and visits Lake Chabot Regional Park before looping back to the Center. The 5K course accommodates runners, walkers, and wheelchairs with flat and fast paved surfaces. The 10K course is for runners only, with paved and trail surfaces. The route goes up Lake Chabot Road and into the park, winding along the rolling west trail at the shore of Lake Chabot.

For kids ages 3-8, a non-competitive 50-yard dash will be held at 9:30 a.m., where all participants receive a finisher ribbon, T-shirt, and goody bag.

This is the 12th year that Eden Medical Center has hosted Run to the Lake, and participation grows with each event. Last year 1,100 runners turned out, and 1,200 are anticipated this year. What is the purpose? "A lot of it has to do with health," says race director Colette Lee. "As a hospital health is important; screening and identifying people at risk." Encouraging the community to be aware of health risks and to exercise more is a prime focus.

Lee also believes the Kids Dash is a great way for parents to educate kids in their formative years. "It gets children to learn at a young age that exercise is important, that health is important." And, as Lee more simply puts: "Running is fun!"

There are 17 age divisions, accommodating six-year-olds through 80-year-olds and wheelchair racers in mostly 5-year increments. Medals will be awarded to the top three in each age bracket, as well as to the overall top male and female racers. The time of overall racers will be determined by gun/horn start, while age division winners will be scored by timing chip. Chips will be issued with race bibs and should be attached to a shoe. They are disposable and do not have to be returned at the finish line. All finishing racers will receive the official Run to the Lake T-shirt, as well as access to time results posted on the Website. Finish line photos will be available to view and purchase through www.brightroom.com.

In addition to the race, Eden Township Healthcare District presents a free Health Expo for the entire community from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Expo will feature free health information; blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose testing; body fat analysis; a drop-off center for expired medication; and visitors can exchange their mercury thermometers for digital.

Music will be provided by radio sponsor Movin' 99.7, and food samples from sponsors such as PowerBar, Lucky's, Peet's Coffee and Tea, Emerald Premium Snacks, and Snapple will be available to all.

Race registration is available online at www.edenmedicalcenter.org. A form can also be downloaded and printed from the site for those wishing to mail in their information. Online registration must be completed by Thursday, July 8 at 11 p.m. in order to receive early registration fee prices.

The 5K/10K races are $25 for walkers, runners, and wheelchairs; the Kids Dash is $11. The online registration fee includes mail back of bib number and race day information. A small processing fee will be added to each entry.

Runners can also register at the Medical Center on race day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Day-of fees are $30 for 5K/10K race and $15 for Kids Dash.

Join Eden Medical Center in a Sunday run to foster health and wellness in your life and the community at large.


Eden Medical Center's Run to the Lake
Sunday, July 11
8 a.m.
Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley
(510) 727-2744
www.edenmedicalcenter.org

Registration fee: $11-$30

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