Jump Start Spring Break With The Irving Marathon St. Patrick's 5K Fighting Childhood Obesity

Dr. Jeff Livingston

Here is a safe and fun way to support the Irving Community

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Spring Break is around the corner, and families are looking for safe and fun activities to get out of the house. Let's face it. The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives. People are ready to get out of the house and get fit, but we want to maintain the necessary safety precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.

The Irving Marathon may be the escape we need. The second annual St. Patrick’s 5k run takes place on March 13 at the Toyota Music Factory. This outdoor event gives the local community a chance to burn off stress, enjoy a healthy lifestyle and help fight against childhood obesity.

The company worked with the City of Irving and local public health leaders to create a live, in-person event while honoring the recommended safety precautions. Owner Lazaro Alvarez stated, "The Irving Marathon's primary mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Covid-19 pandemic created tremendous challenges. Our devoted fans loved our 2020 series of virtual events, but we are thrilled to offer this safe, live 2021 event."

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The event organizers designed an extensive Covid-19 safety plan. The festival area has been expanded to accommodate social distancing requirements. Runners will compete in staggered starts to reduce the risk of incidental exposure. Also, the event is limited to a maximum capacity of 600 runners.

When it comes to spending time with others during the pandemic, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends being outside in well-ventilated spaces as a safer choice. Covid-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads more easily indoors than outdoors. The CDC recommends runners maintain a 6 feet separation and place a face mask when in close contact with others. Although Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate on March 10, it is vital to remember masks are the safest way to protect yourself and others. In general, the risk of COVID-19 infection is higher with close personal contact.

With these safety precautions in place, families can spend the morning running and exploring the beautiful downtown Las Colinas and Lake Carolyn Promenade. A 1-mile run is available for those looking for a quick, fun way to get involved. Most participants plan to run the 5 K event. Runners can track progress using the live race tracking RaceJoy App.

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Participants also walk away with great giveaways like an event T-shirt, a custom St. Patrick's medal and bib, and Irving Marathon Clear Clinch Bag.

Parking at the Toyota Music Factory is free. Pancakes are available by Nosh and Bottle, and after the race, participants 21 and up can enjoy two complimentary beers served by Reservoir at Texas Lottery Plaza.

The Irving Marathon fights childhood obesity by working with local school districts and the Baylor Scott & White Irving Health Foundation. Irving, Grand Prairie, and Coppell ISD encourage students to be active and incorporate healthy habits throughout the school year. Students receive incentives to reward their accomplishments at miles 5, 10, and 18. Every ten dollar donation helps sponsor roughly 2.5 children to participate in the iRun Program.

So far, 11,000 local kids participated in the Irun Program through the generated donations..

The World Health Organization (WHO) also supports outdoor exercise as an important tool to stay fit during the pandemic. They remind everyone to practice physical distancing and hand hygiene. Particpants should wash their hands with soap and water before and after running. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used after arriving at the event. The CDC and WHO recommend anyone who is feeling sick or may have been exposed to Covid-19 should stay home and isolate from others.

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Dr. Jeff Livingston is nationally recognized thought leader, speaker, writer, blogger and practicing physician who is considered an expert in the use of social media to educate patients, using new and innovative technology to improve care outcomes and the patient experience. He is a prating Obgyn and serves as the CEO of MacArthur Medical Center. Dr. Jeff is the co-founder of the health website Medika.life and an active blogger on Medium.

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