• Healthy Heroes 5K Race / 1-mile Family Fun Walk

    Healthy Heroes 5K Race / 1-mile Family Fun Walk

    Healthy Heroes Run & Walk slated for Sept. 8 in Sioux Center.

    Promise CHC, Sioux Center Health joining forces for inaugural event

    Dress up as a superhero and go for a run or walk. Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center and Sioux Center Health are joining forces to put on Healthy Heroes 5K Race / 1-mile Family Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Central Park in Sioux Center.

    The 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles), which will be timed with chip technology, is slated for 8 a.m. The free Family Fun Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. Participants for both events are encouraged to register in advance. Runners who register by the early-bird deadline of Saturday, Aug. 25, will receive a discount and will be guaranteed an event T-shirt.

    Everybody, no matter their fitness level, is encouraged to attend. “Healthy Heroes Run & Walk is a family event,” said Stephanie Van Ruler, nurse health coach for Promise and one of the organizers for the event. “There is something for everyone whether you are a competitive runner, running your first 5K or walking as a family to get
    moving. We will have local resources and information available at the event for how to start or continue healthy habits as a family.”

    The timing and purpose of the event is to promote healthy lifestyles. Van Ruler said they selected a date in September during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month because they wanted to promote awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity and the positive effects of wellness for both children and adults.

    Therefore, the event will be more than just a run and walk. It will be a full-fledged health fair. Several community organizations will have booths at the event with a wide array of educational, interactive and fun activities for the whole family – ranging from storybook walks to superhero photo booths.

    “We want to give people the tools they need to start moving and having healthy habits as a family,” Van Ruler said. In doing so, they will become “Healthy Heroes.” Fitting with the theme, participants in the run and walk are encouraged to be creative and dress up as a superhero. A prize will be awarded for the “Best Dressed” superhero costume. “Choosing health is a super power,” Van Ruler said. “Starting healthy habits early on in life sets our kids up for success and health as they grow.”

    Click here to register online for the Healthy Heroes 5K Race / 1-mile Family Fun Walk.

    The registration fee for the 5-kilometer run will be $25 through Saturday, Aug. 25. The cost then will increase to $30 through Friday, Sept. 7. The walk-up fee on the day of the race will be $35. Runners 10 and younger are free. An event T-shirt will be included with the 5K registration. Register by Aug. 25 to guarantee shirt availability and size.

    For those who have a financial need, All Kids Can will assist will the registration cost for families that qualify. To apply, click here.

    The 1-mile Family Fun Walk is free, but participants are encouraged to register in advance. Note the special instructions about how to register for the walk on the website. An event T-shirt will be available for purchase.

    For more information, call Stephanie Van Ruler or Kim Davelaar at 712-722-1700 at Promise Community Health Center or Krystal Vander Pol at 712-722-8414 at Sioux Center Health.

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