UnitedHealthcare Teams Up With IRONKIDS to Energize Tennessee Youth, Sponsors IRONKIDS Fun Run in Chattanooga

May 13, 2015
  • UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Chattanooga to take place Saturday, May 16, at Ross’s Landing
  • UnitedHealthcare partners with the local Boys & Girls Club to sponsor at-risk youth participating in the fun run

UnitedHealthcare is teaming up with IRONKIDS® for the second annual UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS® Chattanooga Fun Run, aimed at inspiring and motivating young people to lead active, positive and healthy lifestyles. 

The one-mile and quarter-mile UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Chattanooga Fun Run will take place Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. at Ross’s Landing – 200 Riverfront Parkway; Chattanooga, Tenn., 37402.

Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and each athlete will receive a race bib, T-shirt, goodie bag and finisher medal.  The fun run course for “triathletes to be” will take place along portions of the course of the IRONMAN® 70.3® Chattanooga, which begins the next day.

UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound will lead youth and their parents in warmup exercises and join the kids at the starting line to officially kick off the fun run.  The cost for registration and to participate is $15 for kids ages 3 to 15.  Registration details are available at www.IRONKIDS.com.

UnitedHealthcare is providing 50 free race admissions to the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga to encourage participation and help promote the club’s after-school sports, fitness and recreation program. 

“We are thrilled to have a partner in UnitedHealthcare to sponsor these youth events as part of our IRONMAN series,” said Carola Ross, chief sales officer for IRONMAN.  “The opportunity the IRONKIDS fun-runs offer young athletes is tremendous, as these activities can be the catalyst for a lifetime of exercise and healthy living.”

“The IRONKIDS fun runs give our community the opportunity to have fun together, and begin their day being active and healthy.  Walking and running are exercises everyone can do to maintain a healthful lifestyle,” said Rick Reeves, COO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee.  “UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with IRONMAN and the Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga.” 

This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IRONKIDS as part of the company’s commitment to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity through healthy lifestyles.  The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS 2015 Series features nine one-mile fun runs and a dip-and-dash.  

Obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled since 1980, with nearly one in every three children being overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children from low-income and low-education households are three-times more likely to suffer from obesity, which is a leading risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and many cancers, according to America’s Health Rankings®, an annual comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis.  Tennessee ranks 45th in the country, with more than a third of adults and nearly 17 percent of youth estimated to be obese.

After being acquired from the Sara Lee Corporation, which owned the event series since 1985, IRONKIDS® launched in 2009 with nine events in the IRONKIDS® National Triathlon Series. Since the inaugural year, IRONKIDS® has seen more than 60,000 participants and has grown to more than 60 events worldwide including races in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The brand represents a multi-dimensional approach to creating positive experiences for athletes, families and communities, as well as embodies achievement and determination while fostering self-esteem. The IRONKIDS® mission is to inspire and motivate through the sport to live an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. For more information visit www.ironkids.com.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

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