‘Dashing to the Doc’ Training Program Begins July 5

‘Dashing to the Doc’ Training Program Begins July 5


To help kids prepare for this year’s Doc Acklin Race, Horizon Health is partnering with Bee Well of Edgar County to provide an eight-week training program.

The first ever “Dashing to the Doc” will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays (July 5 to August 23) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Paris High School track. This program will help prepare kids, who have completed third through seventh grade, to run in the annual Doc Acklin Race. Runners will begin their training at the Paris High School track. As they progress, they will run on the actual cross country course that will be used the day of the Doc Acklin race.

The cost of this Dashing to the Doc program is $25. This will cover the entry fee for the Doc Acklin Race, a Doc Acklin Race T-shirt, and water bottle. If you would like to participate, but cannot afford the fee, call Leighsa Cornwell at 217-466-4228 for a scholarship.

Registration forms are available at registration areas at the Paris Clinic, Paris Community Hospital, the REC center, and at MyHorizonHealth.org/Dashing. Open registration will be accepted July 5, at 6 pm, at the Paris High School track.

Note that his program does not take the place of Bee Well’s Fun Runs. Those will be offered again this year; however, they have been pushed back. The tentative start date for those runs is August 27.

About the Doc Acklin Race

The third annual Doc Acklin Race will be held Saturday, August 25, at 7:30 am, at Paris High School, 14040 E. 1200th Road, Paris. This three-mile race is open to the public and anyone is welcome to participate by running and/or walking. Following the open race, an invitational for local cross country teams will begin. All proceeds will benefit the Horizon Health Doc Acklin Scholarship.

The race is sponsored by Horizon Health and Paris High School in memory of the late Dr. James Acklin, who passed away August 23, 2015. He retired in 1994 after 34 years of service at Paris Community Hospital as a family physician.

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