Are you up to a challenge?
This year the IMA Gulf Coast Classic 5K Run/Walk, a fundraiser for the Literacy Council Gulf Coast, is challenging companies and high schools to compete for two prize cups.
Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) is again the sponsor of the event. IMA will enter a team of corporate runners and is challenging other businesses and organizations to do the same. The winner will be determined by an age-adjusted point system for the top five finishers of each registered team.
The IMA High School Challenge works this way: The winner is determined by the lowest total time of the top five finishers of each school.
This year's event is set for Saturday, June 23, at Florida Gulf Coast University, starting at 8:30 a.m. The 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk is open to all levels of runners and walkers. There is an open competition in a number of age categories in addition to the two challenge matches.
"Besides serving as a fund-raiser for a very worthy cause, running and walking are two of the best fitness activities that people can enjoy," said Susan Acuna, president and CEO of the literacy council. "Participation in the race could lead to a healthy routine for a lot of entrants."
The mission of the Literacy Council Gulf Coast is to assist adults and children in acquiring the literacy skills necessary to improve their quality of life. The run is one of its primary fund-raising efforts and helps support its efforts to train volunteers in providing free English skills to residents of the community. The council last year served more than 3,100 students through 700 tutors.