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Get Healthy – Run the GHK 5K May 12

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 01, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace,(502) 564-6786  


Get Healthy Kentucky Teams Up with YMCAs for a Road Race Series

Kentucky’s runners and walkers should mark May 12 on their calendars and get registered for a Get Healthy Kentucky 5K, a 3.1-mile fun run/walk for people of all fitness levels. The road races are scheduled to take place at several locations around the state.

Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK) and YMCAs of Kentucky are teaming up in a unique partnership to promote health and wellness through increased physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco prevention and cessation.

“Promoting running and walking – two of the most accessible, efficient forms of exercise – at these events around the state is a great way to spread the word about Get Healthy Kentucky and take charge of your health,” said Governor Fletcher. “Regardless of your fitness level, everyone can take part in this event and make a commitment to living well.” 

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a competitive runner, an intermediate, or have never competed in a race,” said GHK Executive Director Chris L. Corbin, who started running several years ago and successfully completed the Chicago marathon last fall. “Anyone can participate in a GHK 5K. It’s a great way to do something for yourself and help us spread the Get Healthy message of making positive health and lifestyle choices to more Kentuckians.”

The following YMCAs are partners with Get Healthy Kentucky for the GHK 5K event on May 12. For more information, contact your participating YMCA. Race day registration starts 90 minutes before the event at all locations.

· Frankfort YMCA
Race Location: Kentucky State Capitol, 9 a.m.
Mail race forms to:
402 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
Online registration: http://www.frankfortymca.org

· YMCA of Central Kentucky
In conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation
Race Location: Keeneland, 10:30 a.m.
Mail race forms to any Lexington YMCA or:
3251 Beaumont Centre Circle
Lexington, KY 40513
Online registration: http://www.ymcaofcentralky.org or
www.active.com
· YMCA of Greater Louisville
Race Location: Iroquois Park, New Cut Drive, 9 a.m.
Mail race forms to any Louisville YMCA or:
545 South 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Online registration: http://www.ymcalouisville.org

· Wilderness Trace Family YMCA
Race Location: Mackville YMCA, 9 a.m.
Mail race forms to:
P.O. Box 68
10651 Main St.
Mackville, Ky 40040

· Campbell County YMCA
Race Location: AJ Jolly Park, 9 a.m.
Mail race forms to:
1437 S. Ft. Thomas Ave.
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

· Owensboro Family YMCA
In conjunction with the International Barbecue
Festival Committee
Race Location: 1208 Tamarack Road, 7:30 a.m. CST
Mail race forms to:
900 Kentucky Parkway
Owensboro, KY 42301
Online registration: http://www.owensboroymca.org/

Get Healthy Kentucky is a statewide wellness initiative that incorporates physical activity, nutrition and tobacco cessation and prevention components. GHK has created an opportunity for individuals and groups to have a one-stop, central location for information and resources that will improve the quality of life for Kentuckians and help prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

GHK is designed for residents of all ages and includes access to reliable, unbiased information on the GHK Web site, www.gethealthy.ky.gov. The site provides information about the Governor’s Challenge program, an incentive-based fitness program designed to help participants set personal fitness goals and track progress online.


 



 

Last Updated 5/1/2007