Rio Grande Valley residents and families are invited to walk or run for
their health while receiving free medical screenings – as well as
a chance to win major prizes -- during the Third Annual Harlingen Medical
Center and Texas State Technical College Community Health Walk/Run 5k/1M
this Saturday morning (June 25, 2016) from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on the
TSTC Campus, located at 1902 N. Loop 499 in Harlingen.
The benefit "Super Hero" walk / run will help raise funds for
scholarships for Rio Grande Valley students attending TSTC, while providing
a morning of healthy activities for families, including free blood pressure
and blood sugar screenings, as well as health and wellness education;
healthy snacks; and games for children.
The walk / run will also include an optional "Super Heroes" costume
contest. Children and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite
comic book super hero – such as Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman,
or Batgirl. First, second, and third prizes – to include major items
like an IPad -- will be awarded for best costume in a children's age
group and an adult age group.
"If you are looking for a fun way to improve your health, reduce body
fat, and boost your muscle power and stamina, then walking is considered
an ideal exercise by many health experts," said Brenda Ivory, President
and Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center.
"The HMC and TSTC Community Health Walk/Run is designed to promote
physical activity for good health in our community, support local students
looking to pursue a higher level of education, all while having good,
family time together," she added.
The event will begin with on-site registration at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, followed
by a Zumba warm-up session at 7:45 a.m., the five-kilometer walk and one-mile
run at 8:00 a.m., and recognition awards and closing ceremonies at 9:00
a.m. The recognition awards will include trophies and gift baskets for
the top three runners of the 5K.
The donation fee to participate in the benefit event is $30 for adults
and $20 for children under 17. The cost is $10 for TSTC students and for
TSTC and HMC employees. All proceeds will benefit the Harlingen Medical
Center Endowed Scholarship Fund at TSTC.
All participants will receive a T-shirt, a participation medal, and the
chance to win door prizes.
For more information on the Harlingen Medical Center and Texas State Technical
College Community Health Walk/Run 5k/1M, please contact Manny Chacon with
the Harlingen Medical Center Business Development and Marketing Department
at (956) 365-1848 or at
Online registration is available at:
www.eventbrite.com/e/harlingen-medical-center-tstc-community-health-walkrun-2016-registration-24386151636, or participants may register at TSTC (in the "mall area" of
the campus") right before they walk, starting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.