|[August 16, 2014]
Seattle Area Kids Test Their "IRONMAN" Skills at UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Fun Run
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
Seattle area kids and their families, many from the Boys & Girls Club of
King County, tested their IRONMAN skills today at the UnitedHealthcare
IRONKIDS Seattle Fun Run at Genesee Park in south Seattle.
Rainer Vista Boys and Girls Club youth members Nathan Dang (front left) and Jaicieonna Gero-Holt (front center) of Seattle give high-fives to UnitedHealthcare's Dr. Health E. Hound before the start of the UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Seattle Fun Run, which took place in Genesee Park on Saturday, August 16. (Photo Source (News - Alert): Trig Jones)
The kids, ages 3-15, had the opportunity to race on the same course as
the IRONGIRLS athletes who will participate in Seattle IRONGIRLS
Triathlon, which begins on Sunday. The one-mile fun run is for
"triathletes to be" and aims to help stem the rising tide of childhood
obesity through exercise and healthy lifestyles.
UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound kicked-off the one-mile
race, joining participating IRONKIDS in warm-up exercises and cheering
on the runners as they crossed the finish line.
UnitedHealthcare made a $3,000 donation to the Rainer Vista Boys & Girls
Club in Seattle to support its healthy living programs. IRONKIDS and
UnitedHealthcare also provided free admissions to King Conty Boys &
Girls Club members, enabling youth who may face cost barriers to
participate in the running event.
After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the
event series since 1985, IRONKIDS® launched in 2009 with nine
events in the IRONKIDS® National Triathlon Series. Since the
inaugural year, IRONKIDS has seen more than 60,000 participants and has
grown to over 40 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia,
Australia, Europe and North America. The brand represents a
multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for
athletes, families and communities, as well as embodies achievement and
determination while fostering self-esteem. The IRONKIDS mission is to
inspire and motivate through the sport to live an active, positive and
healthy lifestyle. For more information visit www.ironkids.com.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live
healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting
consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships
with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health
benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid
beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians
and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care
facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million
people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth
Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
About The Smilow Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club
The Smilow Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club gives kids a place to call
their own, where they can have fun, get a hot meal, be creative, be a
part of a team, get help with homework…or just hang out with friends. We
offer a safe, fun, inclusive and inspiring place that kids and
their families count on-every day. Our Club is a dedicated youth service
agency meeting the needs of young people ages 5 to 18.
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