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Palatine Park District Presents 2nd Annual Healthy Living Event

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  • Runners at the start in 2012.

    Runners at the start in 2012.
    Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Palatine Park District presents the second annual Healthy Living Event consisting of a healthy expo, a 5K run/walk, and a 12 mile bike ride. All events will be held at Birchwood Recreation Center, 435 W. Illinois Avenue in Palatine.

This year's Healthy Living Expo will showcase vendors, businesses and organizations that promote healthy habits - both personal and environmental. This year's expo spaces are sold out, and from 8:00am to 11:00am twenty groups will be offering information, giveaways, prize drawings, and more in the Birchwood Gymnasium. The expo will also include information from personal trainers and fitness demo classes by Palatine Park District staff. The Healthy Living Expo is free and open to the public. Participate in the Healthy Passport challenge during the event to earn additional prize opportunities.

At 9:00am, the second annual Healthy Living 5K Run/Walk will begin. The race course will travel through the neighborhoods surrounding Birchwood. The pre-registration deadline is April 1. All pre-registered participants will receive a t-shirt and race goody bag. The pre-registration fee is $25. Race day registration of $30 will be accepted, but shirts are not guaranteed for race day registrants.

At 10:00am, in partnership with the Bike Palatine Club, a 12 Mile Ride will be offered. The ride will start and end at Birchwood Park. Riders will receive a course map, bike support and support along the route. The pre-registration fee is $25 through April 1, and day of ride registration is $30. Pre-registered bike ride participants will also receive a t-shirt and goody bag.

Participants who choose to take part in both the run/walk and the ride will receive a $5 discount. Registrations forms are available at Birchwood, Community Center, and Falcon Park. Forms can also be downloaded at

For more information about the Healthy Living event or if you would like to volunteer, please contact Bonnie DePirro, Health, Wellness, and Fitness Coordinator, at 847-496-6265 or