Run for Your Life 5K Fun Run and Health Fair

Joel Buffum of Sports Medicine Advantage will appear on KIT 1280 on Tuesday, April 1, to discuss the 4th annual Run for Your Life 5K Fun Run and Health Fair, organized by Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences medical students. The event is this Saturday, April 5. Memorial representatives will be taking part and offering information at the health fair.

 What is the Fun Run?

The run was started in 2011 by some of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences medical students to try to engage the community in healthier activities, because Yakima County lags behind the rest of the state and the country on some key health statistics, including obesity, hypertension and diabetes.

It has effectively become the way the students try to thank the greater Yakima area by providing a family friendly, healthy and safe activity while raising funds to donate to local organizations that support the health and well-being of the Yakima area.

Where does the Fun Run go?

When it originated, the course traveled through Terrace Heights, but last year they moved it downtown. The course now

Is it just a 5K?

No. They have added additional pieces to the event over the years, including a health fair featuring student booths and local health organizations to provide information to the participants and visitors.

Memorial will be at the health fair providing health and fitness information to participants, visitors and everyone there to cheer on the runners and walkers. And a number of Memorial employees are participating to support the cause and promote health and wellness.

What is the goal of the health fair?

The goal of the health fair is to reach out to the community and provide resources and useful information regarding pertinent healthcare topics, such as hypertension and diabetes. In addition to providing these resources, there will also be areas to check blood pressure as well as weight and body fat composition.

What are the details again?

Day-of registration – starts at 7:30 a.m., North Town Coffee House downtown

5K Fun Run – starts at 8:30 a.m. downtown ($25 per adult)

Health Fair – 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at North Town Coffee House

Post-Race Celebration – 2nd Street and Pendleton Way

Proceeds will benefit the Union Gospel Mission’s Free Clinic Medical Facility.

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