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Run the Ridge 5K and 1K to fight obesity

Runners from all over the Midwest will help fight childhood obesity during the te10thnth annual Run the Ridge 5K and 1K run/walk sponsored by JWest, LLC, Carmel, Indiana.

The 5K starts promptly at 8 a.m., and the 1K begins at 8:45 a.m. on May 31 at the County Line Square shopping center, Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge. NBC5 Sports Broadcaster, Mike Adamle, is returning as race emcee.

The run will raise money for ProActive Kids or referred to as PAK, a nonprofit, childhood obesity intervention program available at hospitals and other health care organizations in communities throughout Illinois.

“Obesity affects 17 percent of adolescents and adults in the U.S.,” says Suzanne Gray, race organizer and president of Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness. “We are committed to making a difference for obese youth and teenagers who, with the PAK program, have a chance of learning good exercise and nutrition habits and ultimately will lose weight and live a healthier life.”

The 5K entry fee is $35 for participants registering through May 23, and $45 after May 23. The fee for the 1K run/walk is $10 through May 23 and $15 after May 23. The entrance fee for 5K includes a sports performance t-shirt and goody bag. Fitness activities will be sponsored by the Burr Ridge Park District. In addition, an Obstacle Challenge, DJ Mike on Mic, and the high-octane, world-class professional juggler, Doug Sayers, world renown juggler from whatsup juggling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will keep the crowd entertained.

Packet pickup takes place from noon to 7 p.m. on May 30, at Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge, 6800 N. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge.

Other sponsors of this year’s race are Loyola University Health System, Maywood; A Foot and Ankle Center, Oak Brook; Garber Construction, Hinsdale; Burr Ridge Bank and Trust; Village of Burr Ridge; Marriott Chicago Southwest at Burr Ridge; P.S. Communications, Hinsdale; Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, Willowbrook; Avgeris and Associates, Lombard; Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd., Burr Ridge; Running for Kicks, Palos Heights; Brookhaven Marketplace, Burr Ridge; After School Advantage, La Grange; Kiwanis Club of Willowbrook-Burr Ridge; BMO Harris Bank, Burr Ridge; Burr Ridge Park District and Chase, Burr Ridge.

To learn more about the race and Right Fit, visit the website at www.right-fit.com or call 630-850-4050.

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