Hundreds participated in Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet’s race to fight childhood obesity.
The race included a 1k fun run for kids, a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk and a 7-mile competitive run, with Mayor Pougnet leading the pack through Uptown and Downtown Palm Springs.
The event also featured a Wellness Festival at Ruth Hardy Wellness Park in Palm Springs that offered free blood pressure screenings and additional healthrelated information and resources.
For this year’s event, Mayor Pougnet partnered with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Desert Healthcare Foundation to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for health and wellness programs in Palm Springs. The Foundation pledged to match up to $200,000, and in 2014, the Mayor’s Race will move to the weekend prior to the Humana Challenge, becoming the primary fundraiser for the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in the Coachella Valley.
Last year, Pougnet raised more than $100,000 for health and wellness programs in Palm Springs, including a $50,000 match from Desert Healthcare Foundation.
A long-distance marathon runner and the parent of two youngsters, Pougnet is passionate about the importance of healthy living and combining sustainability principles with health and wellness.
“Palm Springs residents are well-known for leading active lifestyles, but we can always do better,” said Pougnet. “Education starts at home and in the schools, and it’s important that we lead by example.”
The City of Palm Springs gratefully acknowledges the many generous donations from our sponsors, including the Desert Healthcare Foundation, Desert Regional Medical Center, Spencer’s at the Mountain, P.S. Resorts, Wessman Development, Jessup Auto Plaza, Wintec Energy, Palm Springs Disposal Services, Eisenhower Medical Center, Palm Springs Police Officers Association, Wells Fargo, and local philanthropist Helene Galen.
For more information about the 2014 race to be held January 14, please visit: www.YourSustainableCity.com.