Dozens of runners—both men and women—from the Asheville Track Club took to their heels Tuesday wearing stylish red dresses in support of women’s health, particularly cardiovascular issues. The group undertook the 25-minute run at Carrier Park. Press release follows photos.
MEDIA ADVISORY / PHOTO OP: MEN JOIN WOMEN IN WEARING RED DRESSES FOR ANNUAL ‘RED DRESS RUN’
TUESDAY, JULY 10 at 6:20 PM – CARRIER PARK in ASHEVILLE
Asheville Track Club event calls attention to women’s heart health
WHAT: The Asheville Track Club’s annual ‘Red Dress Run’ – a light-hearted event for women’s heart health.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 10 around 6:20 to 6:45pm – Runners gather at 6pm for a brief presentation from an Asheville Cardiology physician; warm-up, stretching and 25-minute run around the park starts around 6:20pm.
WHERE: Carrier Park Picnic Shelter, located on Amboy Road in Asheville
WHO: The run is part of the Asheville Track Club’s Beginning Runners Program, but runners of all ages and abilities are invited to join in. Just wear your red dress! Yes, that’s men, too!
WHY: Participants in the Beginning Runners Program (men and women) are training for Asheville Track Club’s 2012 Bele Chere 5K on July 28. Wearing red dresses for this evening’s practice adds fun and frivolity to the thrice weekly runs. It also calls attention to women’s heart-health issues, drawing inspiration from the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. According to www.goredforwomen.org, the color red and the red dress now stand for the ability all women have to improve their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. Starting or participating in a running program is consistent with this philosophy of personal responsibility for one’s health. The Beginning Runners Program is one of Asheville Track Club’s most enduring community outreach efforts.