Amarillo ’50 for 50′ stroll/run raises charity funds, promotes health

On Saturday morning, greater than 70 members of the Amarillo neighborhood and past turned out to take part within the fourth annual Turner Health stroll/run occasion at Bones Hooks Park in Amarillo.

This yr’s occasion, billed as “50 for 50,” had a twin purpose of selling health and elevating $50,000 for the American Most cancers Society.

Founding father of the occasion and CEO of Turner Health, Marcell Turner, mentioned the occasion goals to provide to a distinct charity every year.

“We wish to promote well being and health in the neighborhood, and this yr, we wish to elevate cash for the American Most cancers Society since most cancers is one thing that touches many lives in the neighborhood,” Turner mentioned. “We simply need individuals to get lively and handle themselves, and we wish to get individuals educated on the significance of health and diet.”

Individuals of the occasion do warm-up workout routines collectively then can run or stroll across the park at their very own tempo.

Turner, who turned 50 years previous this yr, was born in Amarillo and attended Amarillo Excessive Faculty. He then went on to Prairie View A&M to review mechanical engineering. He presently lives in Houston however mentioned that he needs to always remember the place he got here from.

“I wish to guarantee that I give again to the neighborhood I grew up in,” Turner mentioned. “As I become older, the extra I notice that function is essential in life. What I’ve identified since youth was health, so I wished to make use of one thing in my expertise pool to have the ability to give again.”

Turner mentioned that with the African American neighborhood having so many points with diabetes, hypertension, ldl cholesterol and different illnesses, it’s so essential to coach individuals on the significance of health.

He mentioned that the primary occasion drew about 30 individuals and has greater than doubled to this yr’s 70 who signed as much as train and run or stroll across the park.

“We’ve to concentrate on the significance of what we eat and being bodily lively to take care of wholesome lives,” Turner mentioned. “I hope via my occasion, I can encourage others to dwell more healthy and have extra individuals come out every year.”

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