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Llano pumped up for Heart Month with Not So Fun Run

LLANO — If you’re looking for a reason to lace up those sneakers and run (or walk) for a good cause, Scott & White Healthcare-Llano has one.

And, ironically, the reason is you.

The healthcare provider is hosting the fourth annual Llano’s Not So Fun Run on Feb. 2 at Badu Park. The run, which features distances of one mile, five kilometers and 10 kilometers, helps kick off American Heart Month.

If you didn’t know, February is designated that special month. After all, doesn’t Valentine’s Day fall in the midst of February?

But American Heart Month isn’t about your sweetheart.

Organizers of the run hope to use the event and month to increase awareness about the impact and prevention of cardiovascular disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of deaths in the United States.

Llano’s Not So Fun Run organizers hope the event will encourage people to pursue a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and nutrition.

The run/walk has three distances from which participants can choose.

“We designed the event to appeal to walkers and runners alike, with distances ranging from a one-mile category to the 5K walk/run upward to a 10K run, which should appeal to more seasoned participants,” organizer Colette Todd said. “The name ‘Llano’s Not So Fun Run’ comes from the hills and inclines participants will face along the way.”

Organizers are looking for runners, walkers and sponsors.

Additional support through sponsorships will help defray costs associated with the run with proceeds dedicated to hospital equipment purchases.

For more or to receive a registration form, call Tammy Schaub of Scott & White Healthcare-Llano at (325) 247-7824.

Registration on the day of the race is $25.

Badu Park is located on Legion Drive just north of the Llano River and east of Texas 16.