First annual Heart Smart Yooper Trot is September 10

08/03/2011

IRON MOUNTAIN – A free 5K run/walk scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 is expected to get participants and spectators thinking about their heart health.

The event, the first annual Heart Smart Yooper Trot, will take place at 10 a.m., September 10, at Iron Mountain City Park. The non-competitive run/walk includes a 3.1-mile course and a 1.5-mile course. Participants can choose to walk or run either course.

Organizers say the 5K race (3.1 miles) is part of continued efforts to raise heart health awareness in Iron Mountain and the surrounding communities. A similar incarnation of the event was held last year as the Bellin Health Heart Smart Poker Walk or Run.

“Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States,” said Dr. Barbara Washington, a clinical non-invasive cardiologist at Bellin Health in Iron Mountain. “This event gives us a public platform from which to alert our community to the increasing severity of the problem.

“Heart disease is preventable with healthy lifestyle changes – exercising daily, quitting tobacco use and maintaining ideal body weight,” Washington said. “We need to make healthy lifestyle changes and put a stop to heart disease in our community.”

Race day features include music, food and door prizes. Two adult bikes and two children’s bikes and a 2010 Super Bowl football will be given away as prizes. Another race day feature is the Bellin Health AmeriHeart, an inflatable, walk-through exhibit of the human heart. It will be erected in City Park and available for tours from 8-9:30 a.m.

Participants can register for the Heart Smart Yooper Trot online at www.bellin.org/calendar or mail registration forms to Bellin Health Heart and Vascular, 212 East B Street, Iron Mountain, MI 49801. Registration form drop-offs also are welcomed. Forms can be obtained from any Bellin Health clinic or Forward Financial Credit Union.

For additional registration information, call Anne Graham at (906) 774-1944 or (906) 282-6629.