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Walking, and running, for health

BELTON, Mo., (Jan. 17, 2017)– Cass County and surrounding community residents can now register to walk or run to benefit their fellow citizens’ health. The 23rd Annual 5K Walk/Run for Health, hosted by Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF), is now including a 5K race.

Kevin Wood, retired mayor of Harrisonville, will chair the event. Chase Coffman, NFL tight end, Missouri Hall of Famer and Ray-Pec High School graduate is serving as honorary chair. The 5K, presented by Belton Regional Medical Center and Cosentino’s Price Chopper, will benefit CCHF’s programs including the Cass County Dental Clinic and scholarships for high school seniors interested in health care. The Clinic is the first and only safety net dental clinic in Cass County, Missouri with locations in Belton and Harrisonville. In 2016, 3,150 low-income children aged 0-20 were served at the Clinic and $32,000 were awarded in scholarships to Cass County high school seniors pursuing nursing or other health related degrees.

“Our programs provide much needed services to families in Cass County. Our annual Walk/Run for Health is our largest fundraiser that supports those programs. We are excited to add a timed, 5K run to encourage more community members to participate in this event and we look forward to continuing to work with those who have enjoyed and raised funds for our annual walk the past 23 years.” Cynthia Randazzo, CCHF president, said.

Walkers are encouraged to form teams and raise pledges to support their participation. Each registered walker that raises more than $100 will receive a t-shirt specially designed for those who participate in the 5K walk. Additional prizes will be awarded to individuals that raise $150 or more. Runners must pay a registration fee to participate and will receive a t-shirt specially designed for the 5K run. The top finishers in each age group will receive medals.

Following the 5K, participants are invited to enjoy a post-event, morning celebration that includes food, music, prizes and a community health fair. The health fair, sponsored by Belton Regional Medical Center, has fun activities for the entire family.

The 5K is Saturday, May 6 and will begin and end at Belton Regional Medical Center. Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 8 a.m.

Create a team, register for the 5K run, donate or learn more about the event.