Kenner Clinic announces 2019 Volksmarch, Health Fest

Fort Lee community members take off from the start line during Kenner’s volksmarch in 2017. This year’s event is set for Oct. 19 and participants are encouraged to wear costumes to add another element of fun to the festivities. After the 5K walk/run, participants are encouraged to stay for the Health Fest that will feature information booths, kids activities, a blood donation area and more.

FORT LEE, Va. – Kenner Army Health Clinic will host its 7th annual Volksmarch and Health Fest Oct. 19, 8-11 a.m., with the main activities taking placing in the A Avenue parking lot adjacent to the facility. Admission is free and open to everyone in the Fort Lee community.

“The annual event provides a healthy dose of the Performance Triad with a competitive 5K run/walk,” said Cpt. Tandrea Graham, event coordinator.

Registration for the 5K begins at 8 a.m., and the start time is 9 a.m. Participants can look forward to a scenic volksmarch route that includes wooded trails through Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Pets are welcome. Children, 12 years old and younger, will receive a certificate of achievement for participating.

“This year’s Volksmarch is a Halloween-themed event,” Graham said. “Most are familiar with the name Volksmarch, but we wanted to add something different this year. Everyone attending can wear a costume and join in some family fun. We plan on giving a prize for the best costume.”

After completing the 5K, organizers encourage attendees to visit each of the static tables to get up-to-date information on Fort Lee and Kenner services. One of the recommended first stops is the Army Wellness Center booth where “knowledgeable experts can share expert advice” on better fitness strategies to improve overall wellness and health, Graham noted.

Others health activities expected to have representatives at the event include the Active Duty Clinic, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Preventive Medicine, Occupational Health, Nutrition, Optometry, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Patient Safety. There also will be tables staffed by the Post Veterinary Clinic, Army Substance Abuse Program, Army Wellness Center, Army Community Service and SHARP.

Participants will have the opportunity to save up to three lives by donating blood at the event. The Armed Services Blood Program out of Fort Bragg will be there collecting donations for its blood bank, which provides service to military hospitals all over the world. The requirements for donating include being at least 16 years of age, weighing at least 110 pounds and being in generally good health. If running or walking the 5K, one can safely donate blood afterward.

At the festivities, a rock band comprised of military musicians will be performing and children will have a chance to burn off calories with activities such as the bounce house and numerous lawn games, Graham said. They also can enjoy a kid-friendly movie in the tent provided by the Kenner Family Readiness Group.

The staff from Kenner’s Immunization Clinic also will be administering flu vaccines (if available) for family members and retirees enrolled to the facility. Supplies are limited and vaccinations are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Lastly, for a small fee (proceeds go to the KAHC Holiday Ball) there will be fruit, water, flavored candy apples and other refreshments available.

“We look forward to everyone coming out and making this the best Volkmarch yet,” Graham enthusiastically said.

For more information about the event, call the KAHC Public Affairs Office at 804-734-9086.