Outdoor Journal

Cold feet: It’s time for the Frostbite 5K Run, hosted by Park Ridge Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 22. The 17th annual run begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by a more leisurely and kid-friendly 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 3:15 p.m. Both events start and finish at the hospital’s Leila Patterson Center, located at the intersection of Howard Gap Road and Naples Road in Fletcher. Water, sports drinks and—of course—delicious cookies and fruit will be available for everyone after the race.

The race benefits the Park Ridge KidPower Program, which promotes nutrition and exercise while combating childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Early race registration for $25 is due by Feb. 17; it’s $30 on race day. The fun run is a mere $10. There will also be a free health fair at the center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

For more race and fun-run information, contact Duncan Sharrits at 681-2162. For more about the hospital and its programs, visit www.parkridgehospital.org.

Girls on the Run: It’s not too late to register for the Spring 2009 session of Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program for girls in the third through eighth grades. The program promotes self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running, and it’s available at 41 locations in Western North Carolina, including many area schools.

Registration is open until Feb. 20, although some of its weekly after-school sessions begin as early as Feb. 16. The program culminates in a May 23 Spring 5K community run.

For a complete list of locations, visit www.gotrwnc.org/location.html. For general information, call Audrey McElwain, executive director, at 713-4290.

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Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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