VINCENNES — On Aug. 10, runners of all ages and abilities will take their marks for a good cause when Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging and Disability hosts its 10th annual Trailblazer 5K run/walk on the Vincennes University campus.

“Our route will be the same as last year. We will start at the VU track at the corner of Red Skelton Boulevard and Chestnut Street, take us through Kimmel Park and then one lap around campus,” said Alma Kramer, Generations program coordinator for healthy aging. “This is a perfect race for beginners because it’s a flat route. It’s also stroller friendly.”

Kramer said online registration is now open and awards will be given to the overall winner, masters male and female winners and first, second and third places.

“We have a lot of older adults who come out to participate, but we also have a lot of families and youth participate as well. Our 5K is just one way we help promote healthy aging in the communities we serve,” said Kramer, who said age groups include 12 and under, 13 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70-plus. “We are also offering a free half-mile fun run for kids, no shirt included, too.”

Preregistration, Kramer said, is $30 if received before July 26 and includes a T-shirt.

“We also have all the forms available on our website, and those can be printed and mailed to our office with payment,” said Kramer who said early registration can be completed online at www.generationsnetwork.org by clicking on the Trailblazer 5K tab.

Same day registration will also be available. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. on Aug. 10 with the race beginning at 8 a.m.

According to the National Council on Aging, about 92% of older adults have at least one chronic disease and 77% have two, but remaining active can help lower those risks as well as the risk of falls.

“Studies have shown that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active,” said Kramer. “That’s why we encourage walkers as well as runners to participate.”

The National Institute of Senior Health states that even being moderately active can improve the health of even those with age-related diseases. Staying physically active also helps prevent and delay many diseases and disabilities and can reduce blood pressure and help with balance issues. It’s not just physical health that benefits from a little exercise though. Being active can help reduce stress and improve moods.

Kramer said the race typically sees over 150 participants but for those who still want to help but don’t necessarily want to run, there’s an option too.

“And for those who can’t participate but would still like to help Generations, we have the phantom runner option again,” she said, adding all proceeds benefit Generations programs.

Phantom runners, Kramer said, can make a $30 donation while families can make a donation of $50 for the phantom run.

“We usually have 10 to 15 individuals and families who help support Generations by becoming phantom runners,” said Kramer.

If phantom running isn’t for you, Kramer said there’s still time to become an event sponsor as well. Five levels of sponsorship are available and start at $50 or the donation of items for gift bags for the first 100 participants to register. Sponsor payment is due by July 20.

Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging on Disability serves over 3,000 residents in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties. Best known for its Meals on Wheels program, Generations offers a wide variety of programs and services to help people remain independent and healthy in their own homes.

“This fundraiser helps Generations offer healthy aging classes, for free throughout the community which includes Matter of Balance exercise classes, chronic disease classes and more,” said Kramer.

For more information contact Kramer at 812-888-4527 or 1-800-742-9002 or email akramer@vinu.edu.

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