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CaroMont offering help to get healthy


CaroMont Health officials say it’s time to get active.

A community field day and festival in May will combine fun and fitness.

Running, walking and biking are on tap for the inaugural CaroMont Community Challenge.

Unaccustomed to strenuous physical activity? Need inspiration?

Join a free program with personal trainers every Saturday leading up to the event.

Preparation time is designed to make couch potatoes into 5K runners — or at least people who can walk a mile.

CaroMont Health offers the running and walking training programs.

On Saturday mornings, anyone seeking help can meet trainers at Martha Rivers Park in Gastonia.

“We’ve had a few folks come out. We’d like to get more,” said Alex Mullineaux, director of public affairs with CaroMont. It does not matter if you’ve never exercised before. We have personal trainers there. They can help you start a walking program.”

Gaston County residents are among the least healthy in the state, placing 79 th in the latestCounty Health Rankings and Roadmaps project.

The county has improved since last year, moving up two spots. But it’s still nothing to brag about, say health authorities.

“Out of 100 counties, that’s not where we want to be,” Mullineaux said. “What we want… is to inspire our community to be healthier.”

Games, activities and live entertainment are also scheduled for the CaroMont Community Challenge, along with gym and food vendors.

Proceeds will be donated to Gaston County Schools’ robotics program. The initiative teaches science, technology and math skills.

Mullineaux said Gastonia East Rotary will match the donation, up to $15,000.

Ready to start training?

What: CaroMont’s “Couch to 5K” running and walking program

When: 8:30 a.m. Saturdays through May 10

Where: Martha Rivers Park, 1515 Neal Hawkins Road, Gastonia

Cost: Free

And the main event:

What: CaroMont Community Challenge

When: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17

Where: Football field at Forestview High School, 5545 Union Road, Gastonia

For more:


Bike rides of 39 and 50 miles start at Forestview High School at 7:30 a.m.

Registration fees:

$25 per person (before April 15)

$ 30 per person (between April 15 and May 16)

$35 per person (day of event)


A timed 5K run begins at 9 a.m.

Registration fees:

$25 per person, or $75 for family of four or more (before April 15)

$25 per person, or $80 for family (between April 15 and May 16)

$30 per person (day of event)


1-mile fun walk begins at 10 a.m.

Cost: Free