Diabetes, often referred to as “sugar” in the South, is a serious condition that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. In Cumberland County, one agency that takes diabetes seriously is Better Health of Cumberland County. In an effort to raise awareness of the potentially deadly disease, Better Health is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Red Apple Run for Diabetes on Nov. 22.
The run, which begins at the Medical Arts Building, commemorates American Diabetes Month, which takes place throughout the month of November. The 10K run starts at 8:15 a.m.; the 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.; and the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:15 a.m.
“We want to welcome people and remind them that they can walk and do not have to run,” said Judge Laura Devan, board president of Better Health and co-chair of the run. “We hope to have a big turnout to bring attention to our mission at Better Health.”
The event includes a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 10K run for elite runners. The categories for the prizes are first place with a stroller, first place running with a dog, an award for the largest team that participates together, super hero for fitness and more. Trophies for the top three male and female finishers are awarded for the 5K and 10K. Medals are given to the top three finishers in each age group for the 5K and 10K. Teams are encouraged to walk or run in honor or memory of a loved one with diabetes.
“This is a family fun event and many runners love to run with their children, strollers and dogs,” said Devan.
Better Health of Cumberland County is a nonprofit, charitable organization that relies upon local foundations, community members and business donors for funding. The organization provides diabetes awareness, education and self-management programs, childhood obesity prevention and education, loans of medical equipment and financial assistance for emergency medical needs.
There will be a fitness fair with health conscious vendors such as Breathing Space Yoga, fitness instructors and more at the starting line for runners to peruse as they are waiting for the race to begin.
“Our certified race routes are new this year. This is the second year for the 5K and the first year for the 10K,” said Judy Klinck, executive director of Better Health. “We welcome sponsors and in order for their names to appear on the T-shirts and various literature we will need the donation by Nov. 7.”
Fees for the 5K and 10K are $15 for ages 10 and under and $25 for ages 11 and over if you are registered by Nov. 12. After November 12 the fee is $30 for all ages. The fun run registration fee is $10. Registration is available online at www.Active.com and www.FSSeries.com or you can download the form at www.BetterHealthcc.org.
Individuals registered by Nov. 12 are guaranteed a T-shirt. The Medical Arts Building is located at 101 Robeson Street.
For more information about the race or Better Health programs, call 483-7534.
Photo; The Red Apple Run on Saturday, Nov. 22, sponsored by Better Health, commemorates Diabetes Month and invites the community to get active in the fight against the disease.