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Scott & White’s Not So Fun Run pumps up heart health Feb. 7

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

LLANO — Get your heart beating faster and be better off for it.

That’s the message behind the fifth annual Not So Fun Run conducted by Scott & White Healthcare on Feb. 7. Registration opens at 9 a.m., and the race starts at 10 a.m. at Badu Park, 300 Legion Drive.

The cost is $25, but a family of three or more pays $10 for each member.

“February is (American) Heart Month,” said event coordinator Collette Todd. “We want to promote healthy habits. We kick the month off with this.”

Scott & White Healthcare will team with the city of Llano to determine how best to spend the proceeds to give citizens more options for developing healthy habits, she said. One thought was to put it back into the Badu Park for a hike-and-bike trail, she added.

The event has three different distances: a 1-mile fun walk/run; 5 kilometers; and 10 kilometers. Both the starts and finishes are at Badu Park; however, the races cover parts of the city, Todd said.

The top-finishing male and female runner from each race will receive a trophy or a plaque.

Todd understands not everyone gets excited about running. Still, even the smallest amount of physical activity can do so much for the body, she said.

“Even if they get out for just 10 minutes a day,” she said. “It’ll help improve their longevity, as long as you get out and move a little bit.”

As people get older and experience more aches and pains, they often become less physically active. That means even the simplest tasks such as getting up and sitting down become more challenging. The solution, Todd said, is to make small adjustments when doing daily tasks.

“When at the grocery store, park the farthest away,” she said. “Every little bit helps. Every little bit of movement helps your body.”

Call Todd at (325) 247-7865 to sign up or for more information.

Your heart thanks you.

jfierro@thepicayune.com