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Editorials

September 21, 2012

Promoting healthy living

Conemaugh’s 5k run/walk applauded

— Earlier this month, we applauded the Conemaugh Health System’s smoking ban, which will protect the health and well-being of its employees, patients and visitors.

Today we salute Conemaugh, the area’s No. 1 employer, for its work off campus to promote healthy living within our community.

Specifically, we refer to the Conemaugh Que Classic 5k run/walk and kids fun run, which will be held on Sept. 29 around the Quemahoning Dam near Hollsopple.

Officially, Conemaugh is listed as one of about two dozen sponsors. The event is coordinated by Joe Shetler, hospital employee wellness coordinator, and several volunteers.

In its fourth year, this event has attracted about 600 pre-registered runners and walkers with more signups anticipated on event day.

With its large turnout, the classic is heading toward the more than 1,000 annual participants at the Somerset Daily American’s 10k/5k run/walk, considered by many to be the premier such event held annually in the Cambria-Somerset region.

While the Que Classic provides an opportunity for exercise and socialization, it also benefits good causes: Proceeds will go to Conemaugh’s Racing Toward a Future Without Breast Cancer campaign as well as the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in downtown Johns­town.

The growing popularity of organized fundraiser run/walks has been evident this summer with at least one held almost every weekend.

The health benefits of walking and running are well documented. The funds raised for wonderful causes are extra incentive.

Congratulations to the Conemaugh Health System and the many Que sponsors for giving our region another top-notch event.

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We at The Tribune-Democrat are hoping many of the Que participants will also consider Morley’s Run on Nov. 3 in downtown Johnstown.

The 10-mile run and 5-mile fun run/walk will benefit The Tribune-Democrat’s Newspaper in Education program, which supplies newspapers to area teachers for use in their classrooms.

Details are available on our website, www.tribdem.com.

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