Heart of the Valley 5K race premiers Sunday | PostIndependent.com

Heart of the Valley 5K race premiers Sunday

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colo. The newest addition to the Glenwood Race Series will make its debut on Sunday in the form of the Heart of the Valley 5K and Family Fitness Fun event in Carbondale.The event was introduced in 2005 when Dr. Greg Feinsinger instigated the Run for Your Life race, which was a 4-mile run. It was held the last two years to increase awareness of heart disease and heart attacks. The race’s proceeds benefited the Valley View Foundation Cardiac Outreach Programs and the Heart of the Valley 5K will do the same. But this year, it has changed names, moved from Roaring Fork Valley to Roaring Fork High School and Feinsinger decided to cut out the middle man.”The turnout wasn’t what we were hoping for, so we thought instead of giving Valley View (which helps with all five of the Glenwood Race Series events) the money, we could join forces with them and they could help put it on,” said Feinsinger, a physician at Glenwood Medical Associates.The event brings a unique aspect to the series by encouraging family fitness. The race not only tries to raise awareness for cardiovascular fitness and heart health, but also promotes kids’ fitness.”We want the event to be similar to Race for the Cure and finding a cure for breast cancer,” said Feinsinger, who is on Valley View Heart Attack Prevention Program board. “That’s important, since most of us are going to die from a heart attack or stroke as opposed to cancer.”There will be eight different fitness stations for kids to participate in while their parents are out doing the race. They include jump roping, hula hoop, tug-of-war, an obstacle course, gunny sack races and dance. There will also be President’s Council on Fitness Activities including timed push-ups, crunches, shuttle run, and one lap around the track.”With the kids’ events, we want to encourage activity and not necessarily competition,” Feinsinger said. “Every kid will get something just for participating. It’s not about who wins and who loses.”The 5K race is open to all ages the kids fitness fun is for kids ages 4-11 and there will also be a toddler trot for kids 1-3.The race will begin at end at Roaring Fork High School with a lap around the track. The course will circle around Roaring Fork Avenue, go south down Meadowood Drive, merge onto the recreation path, climb up White Hill Road and go back to RFHS. The Family Fitness Fun will take place on the infield of the track.”We are also encouraging people to walk the course,” Feinsinger said. “You don’t have to be a runner to do this.”The race/walk and Family Fitness Fun will take place at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Children 11 and under are free, cost for kids 12-18 is $15, $30 for adults and $65 for families.For more information on the race, visit http://www.glenwoodraces.com.

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