By Sonya Campbell
Harker Heights Herald
BELTON – The city of Belton Parks & Recreation, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Cooperative Extension Program and Care Improvement Plus hosted the first "Let's Get Physical" 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair on March 19.
The event took place at the Harris Community Center in Belton and was meant to encourage people to get healthy and physically active.
Organizers deemed it "a huge success."
The day began at 7:45 a.m. with registration and packet pickup for the 5K Run.
About 180 people registered, according to organizers.
County Judge Jon Burrows then welcomed guests. Afterward, Ivey Foster and her team of Zumba instructors led a warm-up.
Below are the race results. Medals were awarded to those runners who came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
In the 12 years old and younger category, Ty Sanderford, 10, of Belton took first, with a time of 22:31.7, earning him seventh place overall.
Hannah Barron, 10, placed second with 30:04.7 and Nathan Broome, 10, placed third with 32:46.4
In the 13 to 17 age division, Emma MacEachern, 14, of Temple, came in first with a time of 20:21.0 earning her second overall.
Tanner Sanderford, 13, of Belton, placed second with a time of 29:41.8 and Jeremy Candeelas, 15, earned third place with 45:17.3.
In the 18 to 24 age division, Daniel Barron, 18, placed first, at 22:52.3, earning him eighth place overall.
Jason Oechsle, 23, of Gatesville, claimed second with a time of 22:56.3 and Jennifer Fritz, 24, came in third at 31:04.9.
In the 25 to 54 category, Bert Lopez, 27, earned first with a time of 20:20.0, earning him first place overall.
Keith Dawson, 30, of Temple, placed second at 20:25.6, earning him third place overall. David Sims, 44, of Temple, placed third with a time of 21:99.6.
In the 55 and older division, Terry Shedden, 70, of Round Rock, placed first at 22:54.6 and earned ninth overall. Paul Castor, 60, placed 2nd at 23:37.0 and John Bowling, 61, of Temple, came in third with a time of 32:46.4.
In addition to the 5K Run, a free health fair was hosted in the Harris Community Center.
Activities included blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat and dental screenings, as well as seminars addressing issues such as diabetes and women's health.
In addition to various exhibitors, cooking demonstrations on preparing various diabetic-friendly meals were provided by the Cooperative Extension Program of the Prairie View A&M University.
Care Improvement Plus offered a free farmers market, offering attendees free fruits and vegetables.
The Bell County Public Health District, Central Texas 4C Head Start, Bell County 4-H "Food & Nutrition," Aging Disability Resource Center, and the Kidsafe and TeenSafe programs also were among those participating in the event.
To see video of the Zumba demonstration and other events that took place at the "Let's Get Physical" 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair, log on to the group's Facebook page – Let's Get Physical 5K.
Contact Sonya Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7557.