It’s all in the fun - and it’s all about the kids.
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville hosted its fourth annual Fun Run Saturday.
“The (purpose) of the event is to help promote health and wellness for children and families in the community,” Shane Wall, event director, said. “The target group is the kids. What we have done in the past, and this year, is all the money that is turned in for entry into the run goes back to the local schools’ physical education departments.”
The hospital absorbs all of the costs of the run and hopes to bring awareness to childhood obesity, Wall said.
The two-mile run had more than 500 runners and raised nearly $3,000 for local schools.
“I think the hospital is doing a great thing by hosting this event,” Wall said. “It serves as an opportunity for the kids and the parents to enjoy exercising together.”
Each year, the hospital provides a banner to the school with the most participants.
“The school champion, whoever brings the most kids to the event, gets to hang the banner in their school for one year,” Wall said. “Chamberlin Elementary won the banner this year. They had a total of 103 children that showed up to the race and participated.”
The top five runners in each grade, boys and girls, also received recognition for participating in the event. (See list page 2).