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CaroMont Health Announces 2nd Annual CaroMont Community Challenge


Put on your running shoes and mark your calendars for May 16 —the second annual CaroMont Community Challenge, a 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk event and festival, will take place at Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont. Join doctors, nurses, neighbors, family and friends for this exciting health and fitness event that is sure to inspire you to greater health!

Health improvement is underway in Gaston County backed by recent results from the County Health Rankings, which ranks Gaston County 77 th out of 100 counties in health outcomes. A slight improvement from last year, but there is still much to be done to create a more healthful community to live, work and play for many years to come.

“Advancing the health of Gaston County takes everyone working together and our hope is that people will want to be a part of this health transformation and movement to raise awareness about health and wellness in our community,” said Doug Luckett, President and CEO of CaroMont Health and a participant in last year’s CaroMont Community Challenge.

CaroMont Community Challenge – Event Details

The Community Challenge offers a 5K run starting at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 1-mile fun walk at 9 a.m. The family-friendly festival and entertainment will kick off at 7:30 a.m. and last until the end of the event. Regardless of your activity level or interest, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Registration for 5K and Fun Walk
Registration fees are $25 per person or $80 for a family rate (4 or more) for the 5K if you sign up by May 14 and a flat rate of $30 per person on event day. The one-mile fun walk is $3 per person or $5 for a family rate (up to 7 members). Strollers are welcome, but please leave pets at home.

Race registration is available online at or forms can be mailed to CaroMont Community Challenge, 1700 Camden Rd., Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Let Me Run 5K
Back by popular demand, the Let Me Run 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and is specifically designed for participants in the Let Me Run Boys program. Studies show that healthy behaviors are adopted at a young age. The boys’ program combines exercise with fun activities and lessons to help young males learn teamwork, relationship skills and to be empowered to live an active lifestyle.

Festival and Entertainment
From climbing the bleachers with a sack of flour strapped to your back to learning a new fitness routine, there are more than enough activities at this event to hold your attention. Here’s a snapshot of some of the additional healthy activity options: hopscotch competition, circuit training, balancing exercise and medicine ball toss. Every activity you try earns you a ticket, which can be redeemed for a prize at the end of the festival.

This year’s stage line-up is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Fencing, karate, martial arts, clogging and police dogs are just some of the scheduled demonstrations.

Want to volunteer?
Want to be included in the excitement but not interested in competing? You still can. The event is expected to draw a large a crowd, so volunteers are welcomed for a number of positions—registration, water stations and more. Learn more about volunteer opportunities online at

Want to be a sponsor or exhibitor at the event?
Designated sponsorship opportunities are available online or by contacting

To learn more about the CaroMont Community Challenge, please visit or the event Facebook page,

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