The Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is encouraging people to register for Sundown at the Pass, scheduled to take place Saturday, March 6, 5 p.m.
This year the event is being dedicated to Heather Alberts, founder of Better Than Ever, a program at the Arizona Cancer Center that helps women and men of all ages, sizes and fitness levels find "the athlete within" while training for different events around Tucson.
"We are honoring Heather for making a positive difference in many people's lives," explains Kim Gunn, director of development for the Arizona College of Public Health and co-chair of the event. "Each year Sundown at the Pass will honor an individual in Tucson that has had an extraordinary effect on individuals and populations related to physical activity, wellness and health promotion. Heather has inspired so many people to simply get up and move around to be healthy and to participate in sports in a non-competitive, fun way."
The event, at Old Tucson Studios, 201 S. Kinney Road, not only offers participants an opportunity for fitness, but also will help at-risk children become healthier. Proceeds will benefit the Roy P. Drachman Prevention Fund for Children at the Arizona College of Public Health.
The Prevention Fund for Children was established in 1998 to honor the late Roy P. Drachman, a well-known Tucson altruist who was instrumental in establishing the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona. Led by the Arizona College of Public Health, the fund helps children and youth by promoting healthy behaviors, nutrition, physical activity and mentoring at-risk children and youth.
Sundown at the Pass features a co-ed 5-mile run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk along with dinner and entertainment at Old Tucson Studios-perfect for the entire family. The run will highlight top athletes from around the country and children and families taking the fitness challenge. The event expects to attract more than 700 runners, walkers and their families.
The event is sponsored by Sleep America, 94.9 MIXfm, 104.1 The Point, New Balance, Explorer Newspapers, Tucson Lifestyle and The Running Shop.
The fees for joining the event are $25 before Feb. 27; $30 after Feb. 27. Fee includes dinner, entertainment, a T-shirt, and "goody bag."
Registration: For more information about participating in Sundown at the Pass, call Sharon Bart, (520) 325-5097, or Kim Gunn, (520) 626-2948, or visit its official web site at www.publichealth.arizona.edu/sundown. To register for the event online, go to www.active.com.
Note: GATES PASS will CLOSE at 4:30 p.m. on March 6.