Walk or Run For Your Healthy Life – and For Others’ Lives Too

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Helping people is the Best Medicine, and getting some exercise for yourself at the same time is a great benefit of its own. The Reno-Tahoe area has a ton of great charity walk or run events where you can get that heart rate going for a good cause.

Want to do something great for the community and for yourself at the same time? Running, jogging or walking in a charity walk or run can be one way to achieve both.

‘Tis the season for runs and walks in the community as winter melts into spring. Not only are many of them charity events, but they are also good for your heart. According to the American Heart Association, there’s an easy formula for figuring out your target heart rate to get the maximum health benefit: take the number 220 and then subtract your age.

Here’s a look at some of the upcoming walks and runs in our community. Click on each race name for a link to their website with times, registration details and more information.

May 8: Moms on the Run

A popular annual run in Reno, this event benefits northern Nevada women with their everyday living expenses while they are in treatment for breast and gynecological cancers. It takes place this year at Reno High School.

May 14: Lung Force Walk

Greater Nevada Field, formerly known as Aces Ballpark, is the site for this walk which benefits the local chapter of the American Lung Association.

May 20-21: Relay for Life Reno-Sparks

It’s an all-nighter for this event, where walkers go around the McQueen High School track to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Another Relay for Life takes place June 17-18 at Churchill County Junior High School in Fallon.

July 2: Freedom Run 2016

This event at Idlewild Park, which includes a one-mile walk and kids fun run, benefits behavioral healthcare agency the Ridge House.

Aug. 6: Liquid Gold 5K

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, this run that starts at the University of Nevada, Reno also benefits the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.

Sept. 17: Buddy Walk and Fun Fair

The Buddy Walk is a great way to raise awareness and support people with Down syndrome. It takes place at Reno High School.

Sept. 18: Northern Nevada Heart and Stroke Walk/Run

Heart health is at the forefront of this annual event, which takes place at Wingfield Park

Sept. 18: Edible Pedal

Scenic Bowers Mansion in Washoe Valley is the setting for this bike ride that benefits Rotary International’s efforts to end polio around the world. The event offers several distances to chose from. One route is described as a “Leisurely 10-mile route through picturesque Washoe Valley, great for families and cyclists seeking a taste of an organized ride.”

Sept. 24: Reno/Sparks Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Support, care and research for Alzheimer’s disease is the fundraising goal for this walk at Sparks Marina Park.

Sept. 25: JDRF One Walk Reno

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation puts together this annual walk at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Late September: Battle of the Rattle 5K

Imposing Rattlesnake Mountain in south Reno is the setting for this annual benefit for the Nevada Diabetes Association. Check the Battle of the Rattle website soon for 2016 information.

Late September: Run, Walk and Roll Against Bullying

The Nevada PEP group, which provides services and training to families of children with disabilities, sponsors this annual event to bring awareness and prevention to bullying. Check the website soon for information on 2016’s event. 

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