6th Annual Neighborhood Event Tackles Childhood Obesity, Encourages Outdoor Activity for All
Baltimore, Maryland: The 6th Annual SOWEBO Landmark 5K takes place on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 9:00 am. The impressive course starts at historic Union Square and runs by and through some of Southwest Baltimore (SoWeBo)’s most prominent landmarks, including the B&O Railroad Museum, Hollins Market, Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park, and the H.L. Menken House. Registration is free for any youth 15 or under. Medals are awarded in dozens of male and female age categories and there are prizes and give-a-ways for all participants. The event is open to runners and walkers as well as folks pushing strollers. Register online at www.sowebolandmark5k.org or walk-up registration, race day until 8:30 am.
“Sowebo has so much to offer,” says Suz Kashnow, Vice President of the Sowebo Running & Walking Club of Baltimore (SRWCB). “In addition to beautiful parks and historic squares, we have an active group of citizens, Docs in the Park and Friends of West Baltimore Squares dedicated to improving the lives of all of our residents.” Proceeds from the race and a lead sponsorship from the UMD BioPark also support Active Community days throughout the year, where attending pediatricians and health care professionals encourage lasting healthy change and write “prescriptions” for youth to get outdoors every day. Four community associations, Union Square, Pigtown-Main Street, Hollins-Roundhouse and Franklin Square, have also joined the effort with financial support and volunteers.
Tackling childhood obesity is a national and local priority. Research has shown that residents of Southwest Baltimore have disproportionately poorer health outcomes and higher rates of unhealthy behaviors when compared to national averages. In response, the SRWCB encourages running, walking, and active play to make strides against childhood obesity and improve overall health while highlighting the strengths of Southwest Baltimore.
The Chesapeake Center for Youth Development (CCYD), a 501(c) 3 organization, is the fiscal agent for the event and along with the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, is a beneficiary of funds raised. According to Race Director Ivan Leshinsky, “It’s all about uniting neighbors, families, schools, healthcare professionals and local resources to empower our youth to be active, eat well, and lead healthy lives”.