By Jean DePlacido
---- — Runners, walkers, and people wanting to find out more information about ways to improve their health are all welcome at the 17th annual North Shore Wellness Fair 5K Race and Fun Walk on Sunday April 28. Salem State is hosting the popular event once again.
“This has proven to be very successful over the years,” said Ann Marie Bedard, assistant manager of the Wellness Center at SSU and assistant to race director Joe Dunn. “We are very happy to host the event each year because it’s something Salem State University does to give back to the community. This also involves our students having an opportunity to be involved in the community.
“We’re expecting close to 400 runners and walkers with another 100 people coming for the Wellness Fair. We’ll have all kinds of exhibits including chiropractors, Salem Parks and Recreation Department, Salem Health Center, the Lymphoma-Leukemia Society, and many others. Some of our fitness-wellness majors will do some fun tests involving things like how many sit ups can you do in a specific time.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit Lifebridge, Northeast Animal Shelter, and the SSU Wellness Center. Lifebridge assists homeless people with food, shelter, and support services. The animal shelter works hard to unite rescue pets with new families, and the college wellness center promotes a healthy lifestyle.
The Wellness Fair runs from 8-11 a.m. at the O’Keefe Center on Canal Street in Salem. The race begins at 9 a.m., and awards will be given in 11 different categories. There will be a free raffle at the awards ceremony following the 5K, and the first 250 pre-registered people will get t-shirts.
Advance registration for the race/walk is $18 for SSU students, alumni, staff, and faculty ($20 for all others). On race day it will be $25. Register online at northshoretimingonline.com.