PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) will host the third-annual Reclaim Your Life 5K Run and 1 Mile Run/Walk on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
The line-up for the event will be at the Garfield House on College Street in Pikeville.
Registration will start at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk will start at 9 a.m.
Proceeds will help underinsured weight loss surgery patients receive the necessary tools to be successful in Racers will receive a race shirt if they register by April 20. This year's race includes a custom finishing medal.
Awards will be presented after the race is completed. Winners will be announced in each age bracket for both males and females.
Runners from around the region and from neighboring states participate in this event to raise awareness for obesity and the need to be active. It has proven to be one of the area's most well attended race.
PMC Bariatric Surgeon Amy Johnson, M.D. said, "We really look forward to the race. We see our patients, people from the community and hospital staff at the race. For many of our patients it is the first time they have ever done any exercise."
Now is the time to start conditioning for the race. It also time to get registered. There are various opportunities to register including online registration at tristateracer.com/reclaimyourlife. Registration forms can be found in the Medical Leader each week leading up to race day, at the PMC Public Relations Office at 131 Summit Drive in Pikeville and in businesses throughout the area.
The race has a proven track record for encouraging bariatric patients to become active. These patients are some of the most excited attendees. Many have never participated in a 5K or even walked a full mile but on race day they line up determined to finish the race.
The finish line becomes an emotional platform of celebration as these first time runners celebrate their accomplishment. They walk away knowing they really can reclaim their life and beat the obesity epidemic.
Johnson added, "After these patients cross the finish line they have proof they can do it. They are the most excited and most proud participants. It is a feeling they never forget."
Dr. Johnson says this accomplishment is a testament to their commitment to reclaim their life.
The PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Center staff will be available to discuss obesity and the dangers that arise from this challenging disease. They can help explain the necessity of a lifestyle change while answering any questions that may be preventing anyone from taking their first step toward wellness.
You can help promote the importance of health and fitness in our community by participating in this event and inviting those in need of a lifestyle change to come along. The event is designed for individuals of all fitness levels from beginners to competitive racers.
For additional information, contact the PMC Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery Center at 606-218-2205.