Published on May 26, 2018

Reading Hospital to Celebrate 150th Anniversary With Free Community Event on June 9

Reading Hospital is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and it is inviting the community to join in the fun at a free event, called the "150 Challenge," which will include a 5K run, 5K walk and Family Fitness Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, June 9.

The 5K run begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K walk begins at 9 a.m. Both events will start and finish at Reading Hospital's iconic clock tower, and the course will wind through Wyomissing and West Reading parks. Registration is free and includes a t-shirt (while supplies last). Participants must register, either online (http://150challenge.itsyourrace.com) or on the day of race between 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The 5K run is limited to 300 people. The event will be held rain or shine. Strollers are welcome on the course, but no pets or bikes are allowed.

The free Family Fitness Festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on hospital grounds, will have a variety of activities for people of all ages, including a time to meet local and national celebrity athletes, including Nancy Kerrigan, Olympic Champion Figure Skater; Allison Baver, Olympic Short Track Speed Skater Bronze Medalist; Larry Zerbe, City of Reading Tennis Director; and Chris Kaag, President and Founder of IM ABLE Foundation.

The festival will also include various games and exciting athletic activities; live performances from dance groups, exercise teams and more; activities around mindfulness and fitness; an interactive area with healthy cooking demonstrations, information booths and games; an athleisure clothing fashion show; and a fitness scavenger hunt, with an hourly drawing for a Fitbit®.

For more information about the event, visit reading.towerhealth.org/150Challenge or call 484-628-HELP (4357).