The race is on: Lace up and help childhood-obesity prevention program

The Park Ridge Health Foundation and Southeastern Sports Medicine will host the 21st Annual Frostbite 10K, 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, Feb. 17, starting at 2 p.m. This event will take place on flat to moderately rolling terrain with Hutch Mountain as the scenic backdrop, and features a Grand Prix-sanctioned 10K course. The Frostbite races will begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center, located next to Park Ridge Health at Howard Gap Road and Naples Road in Fletcher, N.C. The 2013 Frostbite event also will feature a Family Fun Day and Health Expo at the center ,1:30-4:30 p.m. with games, booths, live music and free health screenings.

All proceeds benefit Park Ridge Health’s Kid Power program, which reaches 1,000 children and their families. It helps kids avoid, reverse and prevent health concerns associated with obesity — including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease and sleep apnea. Kid Power also teaches about the lifelong benefits of exercise and healthy eating through a specially designed curriculum.

Registration fees for both the 5K and 10K are $35 up till race day. The Fun Run/Walk is $10. Participants can register online at — Park Ridge Health

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