By Nolan P. Smith
(Victorville)—This past Saturday, residents from across the Victor Valley united at the High Desert Events Center to celebrate fitness awareness as well as raise funds in the fight against breast cancer as Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group held their third annual Heritage Games.
The event was headlined by the Think Pink 5K Obstacle Race as well as a 2K recreational version, two of the races that brought together residents of all ages. From those experienced in races to first time attendees, all were present to get fit and have fun at the same time. Schools, chambers of commerce, and more all came out to show that the Victor Valley cares about fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
“At Heritage, we want to make sure that everyone understand fitness,” said George Mangum, Director of Fitness at Heritage, right before the first race on Saturday. “We want to make sure everyone has a chance to be fit. So in order to bring awareness to fitness, we scheduled the Heritage Games. This is our third year doing the Heritage Games, we are really excited about it, and we just want everybody to be fit.”
The events started early Saturday morning, and included the Business 2 Business Challenge, Battle of the Schools, Special Olympics, RetrOlympics, Mayor’s Cup, Think Pink Open Division, Think Pink Race for Breast Cancer, HIT Fit Challenge and finished the day with the Cal Games- hosting police and firemen who delivered ultra-fit first responders to inspire you with their fitness. For many, the Heritage Games was their first 5K, like residents Cyril Soliman and Christopher Castaneda.
“My good friend Cyril told me about this event and I’m just happy to support breast cancer awareness,” said Castaneda, who arrived early for his first ever 5K.
“I’m actually here for my math teacher at Victor Valley College,” said Soliman. “She does all these runs and marathons, so she told the class about it and I was really interested so I decided to come out.”
The community is often reflected in their chambers of commerce, and for the Hesperia Chamber, they were represented in full force. “The Hesperia Chamber is represented by a bunch of great businesses,” said Brad Letner, President of the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce. “They do so much for their community. Today we have folks here for the Heritage Games; it’s our second year in a row. We also have half of our folks participating in the community clean up off of Main Street in Hesperia. We have a great group: they are motivated, they love their chamber, they love their businesses and they love their community. This is just another way they love to give back. We appreciate Heritage sponsoring this.”
To find out more about becoming a member of Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group call (760) 245-4747 or 1-800-655-9999.