If you go

What: Annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K and Expo

When: Doors open and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Races start at 9 a.m. and wrap up by noon.

Where: 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield

Cost: Adult 5K — $40; Kids 14 & Under 5K — $20; Kids Marathon — $15; Mazzola's Miracle Fun Run/Walk — $10; Applebee's Buzz and Diaper Dash — $10; Mazzola's Miracle Fun Run/Walk — free

More info: Visit race4kidshealth.com and healthylearningpaths.org

After a few days of cloudy weather, runners on Sunday will return to the 1stBank Center for the 10th Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K and Expo.

Community members have until today to register, organizers said, and all "runners, walkers, and crawlers" are invited to rally for children's health.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with a welcome and warm-up at 8 a.m. Races will start at 9 a.m. and wrap up by noon.

The annual RACE4Kids' Health 5K and Expo is one of the programs Healthy Learning Paths delivers annually to give voice to children and spread the power of health.

The nonprofit event was founded by family medicine physician Chris Marchioni, and the race was co-founded by Frank Shorter.


Advertisement

Shorter, a 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, also founded the Bolder Boulder. The Frank Shorter Race is a qualifier for the Bolder Boulder.

"Everyone is amazed how it continues to grow and touch the myriad of health issues for children," Shorter said. "Physical and mental fitness are major parts of children's health. We have a great events with opportunities for all ages including those who are still in diapers to those who want to qualify for the Bolder Boulder."

This year, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, whom Marchioni calls a longtime advocate for mental and physical health in Colorado, will speak at the event.

In 2017, there were 1,175 Coloradans who died from suicide.

"We must do better starting young and teaching children skills for mental and emotional health," Marchioni said.

Primavera is not just a leader in this area; she is a role model who "walks the talk."

"The health of people in Colorado has always been one of my top priorities, and putting the health of children first is essential to the health of our state," Primavera said. "I look forward to being a part of the Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health. This event is more than a race; it is a movement for the healthy development of all children in Colorado."

Healthy Learning Paths connects children and the power of health by taking the best practices in health out of the doctor's office and into the community, according to the organization.

"At Healthy Learning Paths, we partner with people who possess an unwavering determination to build healthy communities," Marchioni said. "We search out the best of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact."

The organization seeks "change-makers" with bold ideas who can lead the nonprofit to more impactful solutions to prevent disease before it starts in children, she said.

Healthy Learning Paths provides resources for parents, teachers and organizations because "it takes a community to support the health of children and to give children a voice when their health is severely threatened."

Since 2005, it has served more than 15,000 children and their families with programs to help children develop mental, social, emotional and physical fitness.