Annual Soul Stroll for Health is May 18
The 12th annual Soul Stroll for Health Walk will be held on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coyote Point Park, San Mateo. There will be one-, three- and five-mile courses marked along the beautiful bay-front path in San Mateo’s Coyote Point Park.
The African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) organizes the annual event to raise awareness of the benefits of good nutrition and exercise in preventing heart disease and diabetes.
This year’s event will feature celebrity chairperson Aaron G. Perry, the world’s first African American diabetic Ironman. An Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4–mile swim, a 112–mile bike ride and a 26.2–mile run, a grueling test of strength and endurance. A pioneer in the area of diabetes and exercise to communities of color, Perry is the president and founder of Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the culture of wellness within communities of color. In 2008, he wrote “Through the Storm,” the story of his personal Ironman Triathlon triumph.
Estimated participation is 2,000-2,500 people of all ages. Register online to participate in his year’s Soul Stroll for Health.
The Health Walk will also feature free health screenings and information, children’s activities, as well as a continental breakfast and lunch. There is free but limited parking so carpooling is encouraged. Registration is $15 per person ($20 day-of) and proceeds help to fund the African American Community Health Advisory Committee’s work, including free health screenings and education throughout the year. Registered participants age five and older receive a free commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, gifts and other prizes. There is free admission for children under five.
Also appearing at the Soul Stroll for Health is Dominique Wilkins, retired basketball celebrity. Wilkens, who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best dunkers in NBA history.
This is the 12th consecutive Soul Stroll for Health, created with a special focus on improving health in the African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander populations in San Mateo County through good nutrition and physical activity. This year, the AACHAC will recognize the work of the African Women’s Development Fund USA at the Soul Stroll.
This popular annual event is sponsored in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services.
Gloria Brown, 650-696-4378; BrownG1@sutterhealth.org