RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 200 youth participated in the first UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS® Raleigh Fun Run today. UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound kicked-off the fun run, joined by Anita Bachmann of UnitedHealthcare, and County Commissioners Caroline Sullivan and Sig Hutchinson.
Local athletes, ages 3-15, had the opportunity to run on the same course as the LexisNexis IRONMAN® 70.3® Raleigh presented by PNC, which takes place tomorrow. IRONMAN® pro-athletes Melanie McQuaid and Matty Reed were also on hand with Dr. Health E. Hound to help warm up the kids, and place medals on them as they crossed the finish line.
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.
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.
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.