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CaroMont Community Challenge Returns May 13

03-01-2017

Lace up your running or walking shoes and mark your calendar for the fourth annual CaroMont Community Challenge. The 5k run and 1-mile fun walk will take place on Saturday, May 13 at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont, with proceeds supporting the Gaston County School’s Robotics Program. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to attend a morning of family fun.

Since 2012, the health and wellness event has grown steadily in attendance and participation. “On May 13, we are expecting a great turn out from people of all stages of life—from your seasoned runner to individuals who are just starting to make exercise a part of their lifestyle routine,” said Doug Luckett, President and CEO at CaroMont Health. “Improving the health of our community is at the heart of what we do, and this event is a wonderful way to support this mission with a little healthy competition along the way.”

As Luckett mentions, the CaroMont Community Challenge is more than a race; it is a health and wellness experience for the whole family. Attendees will enjoy music and entertainment, giveaways and prizes, and a variety of fun interactive fitness activities.

Fun Walk & Run
The 5k run will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile fun walk at 9.00 a.m. Both races will start and finish at Stuart W. Cramer High School. Registration for the 5k is $15 per person or participants can register for a family rate. Registration includes a t-shirt. There is no fee to participate in the 1-mile fun walk but registration is required.

Couch to 5K Training
Run or walk your very first 5k with the help of CaroMont’s Couch to 5k (C25K) training program. This year, the virtual training program will be available online and is designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running or walking a 5k in nine weeks. March 13 marks the official start to the 9-week training program. For more information about C25K and to download the training manual, visit http://www.caromontcommunitychallenge.com/training/.

Maybe you are interested in being involved but not competing? The Community Challenge also has a number of volunteer opportunities from registration to handing out water to participants, and corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To learn more about the event, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, or to register, please visit the website at caromontcommunitychallenge.com.

Gaston County Schools Robotics’ Program
For the past three years, CaroMont has partnered with Gastonia East Rotary to support Gaston County Schools’ Robotics Program – a program that combines science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to teach students critical thinking and creative skills. Proceeds from the Community Challenge are matched up to $15,000 by the Rotary International Foundation in support of the robotics program.

Students interested in the robotics program must go through an extensive application and interview process. It costs about $2,000 to fund a robotics’ team and sponsorship funding goes to support the entire robotics program including the robots, training for students and staff and materials needed for projects throughout the school year.

“Gaston County Schools is doing so much to give students a robust and diverse educational experience, and we are proud to partner with the Gastonia East Rotary to support this program,” said Luckett. “Our sponsors are not only using the CaroMont Community Challenge to share their messages and services with our event participants, but all of their sponsorship dollars go directly to support this program.”

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