FORT LEE, Va. - Throw on your brightest tennis shoes and most gnarly colored running attire for Kenner Army Health Clinic’s 57th annual Neon 5K and Health Fair set for April 27, 8-11 a.m. Admission is free and open to everyone in the Fort Lee community, including dogs on leashes.
This year’s theme is “Rev Up Your Health” and participants can start the day with the invigorating run/walk, mostly along the scenic trails of Petersburg National Battlefield Park. Throughout the morning, attendees also can browse the information booths at the health fair and mingle with the representatives of Kenner and various other customer service providers on site. There will be a blood drive for those who would like to “give the gift of life.”
“The spring 5K and Health Fair is one of my favorite Kenner events,” said Lt. Col. Paul. J. Kassebaum, Kenner Army Health Clinic commander. “It’s gratifying to see so many families active together with young and old participating and some completing their first 5K ever. The Kenner staff put a lot of enthusiasm into the health fair to be enjoyed by all. I hope to see a great turnout from the Fort Lee community.”
All of the health fair activities will be located near the circle drive main entrance. Staff members from the Army Wellness Center will talk about their programs and KAHC staffers will discuss nutritional counseling, tobacco cessation, veterinary clinic services and more. Children will have activities to include a bounce house.
The Armed Services Blood Program out of Fort Bragg, N.C., will be directing the blood drive. Donors will receive a free T-shirt. The requirements for donating are 16 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
The officer in charge of the 2019 Kenner event, Maj. Edward K. Osei, said he is excited about the opportunity to mingle and get to know members of the Fort Lee community.
“The month of April is filled with many observances, notably, stress awareness, women’s health care, national mental health, suicide prevention and more,” Osei said. “I encourage families and friends to join us to celebrate a month of fitness and health. Wear your neon and run/walk to relieve stress, renew your mind, and rev up your health.”
Certificates will be presented to the top overall male and female finishers as well as the top three in each age group, male and female. All children 10 and under who participate in the 5K will get a certificate of completion. Registration for the run/walk begins at 8 a.m., and the start time is 9 a.m.
Participants from off post are reminded to use the Lee or Sisisky Avenue gates when coming to Fort Lee, as Mahone Avenue Gate does not open until 9 a.m., and the other ACPs are closed on weekends. In the event of inclement weather, updates on the status of the event will be posted to www.facebook.com/kenner.ftlee.