An opportunity for runners, walkers and everyone else to spring forward into health
LOMA LINDA, CA – March 27, 2018 – The 4th annual Family Fitness Fun 5K and Expo will bring a host of activities designed to help runners, walkers and other types of movers spring forward into health on Sunday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Burrage Mansion, 1205 W. Crescent Avenue in Redlands.
The fundraising event for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) is hosted by the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild, which is committed to supporting patients by developing programs and projects that address the critical needs of these children and their families.
The heart of the springtime celebration is a 5K non-competitive run/walk for people of all ages and abilities. The course traverses a quiet Redlands neighborhood, enabling participants to pace themselves, whether running to improve their personal time, running for health or just to enjoy a leisurely stroll on a beautiful spring morning. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt and medal.
In addition to the 5K, the event will also feature games for children, a fire truck staffed by firefighters from the Redlands Fire Department, a mobile fingerprinting station, officers of the Redlands Police Department, and a mini health fair with several vendors and community groups offering a variety of takeaway materials for guests.
Vendors such as J.J. Tae Kwon Do, Country Club Golf and Fox Dance Studio will offer free demonstrations. Others, such as The Living Root Cellar, will provide healthy and delicious food samples. Representatives of the YMCA East Valley Circus will also be on hand.
This year’s guests of honor will be two-year-old Vivian Burton, her parents, Dave and Heather Burton, and her brother, Davey. A few weeks after her first birthday, Vivian nearly died from a heart condition no one knew she had. Fortunately, doctors at LLUCH were able to save her life, and today she is the picture of health
Last year, approximately 500 people turned out for the event. Lynn Sleeth, president of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild, says an even-larger turnout is expected this year.
“It’s really gratifying to see so many people turning out for this year after year,” Sleeth said. “We have gotten remarkable support from the people of the Inland Empire. They tell us it’s a great way to get in shape for summer and have a great time doing it!”
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”