Happening in Health: The Cornerstone Clubs Support the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

As the Spring weather brings runners back outdoors, The Cornerstone Clubs have been doing their part to combine that inspiration with the spirit of giving back.  They recently hosted two events that promoted fitness and also gave families and individuals the opportunity to be part of the fight against childhood obesity.  Now that’s what we call happening!

The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the US who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. 

5k (and more) On May 5th

On May 5th, The Cornerstone Clubs hosted a triple threat event at their Warrington location designed for runners of all ages and levels, including a Pump & Run, a 5K, and a 1-mile Fun Run.  Awards were given to Overall 5K Males & Females, Age Group Top 3 Males and Females, Pump & Run Top 3 Males and Females.  The event benefitted iRun4life, a non-profit organization that assist’s elementary schools in promoting fun, non-competitive running programs that combat childhood obesity.

 

260 runners crossed the finish line, including 33 kids participating in the Fun Run!  Congrats to those who placed including:

Top male, James Swasey with a time of 16:10.41
Top female, Jodi Bass, with a time of 18:53.50
Top male pumper was Tom Brown
Top female pumper with Lynda Terry

As an added bonus, Cornerstone had a special registration table this year with certificates and prizes for anyone running their first 5K. We are told they had about 25 first 5Kers!  As an ‘added’ added bonus, Cornerstone debuted a the ‘Nifty Fifty’… and provided every 50th runner who crossed the finish line with a free month membership to Cornerstone!  All in all, the event raised an estimated $8,000 for iRun4Life!

 

iRun4Life on May 20th

May 20th was the national iRun4Life Day.  As an official sponsor, The Cornerstone Clubs hosted a race day at Central Park in Doylestown for K thru 6th grade students, with proceeds going to support the iRun4Life organization.  To help the iRun4Life’s kids prepare for the big race, Cornerstone provided the elementary schools with frequent visits to discuss race preparation, provide education about health & exercise, and participate in healthy exercises. In addition, they supported a very special group of 6th graders, known as “Cornerstone Captains” in their last year of iRun4Life.  The students were introduced to the practice and benefits of interval & functional training through a weekly class at Cornerstone in Doylestown.

At Bucks Happening, we are inspired by Cornerstone’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of our Bucks County students and look forward to sharing more Happening Health initiatives with the community.