Memorial Day Fitness Challenge


Start your Memorial Day by lacing up your running shoes. Monday, May 26, is the Memorial Day 5K and 5K Fitness Challenge in Boca Raton. The run starts at 7:30 a.m. at 900 Broken Sound Parkway.

I’ve done this race over the years. It’s well planned and great fun. It costs $35 to sign up for the run and $60 to sign up for called the obstacle race called the fitness challenge. Kids can participate in a one-mile youth run at 8:30 a.m. or kids’ race at 9 a.m. If you do well, you could even win an apple pie.

To sign up, visit the website.

June run benefits local cancer center

The Lynn Cancer Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is hosting its Third Annual Run for the Ribbons, a 5K run/walk on Sunday, June 1 at 7 a.m.

The course takes runners from the Lynn Cancer Institute (701 N.W. 13th Street, Boca Raton) through Old Floresta. There’s also a one-mile walk that starts at 7 a.m.

Proceeds from the race and walk go to the League of Ribbons, supporting the local cancer institute. For more information, call 561/955-4501 or visit the registration website.

Free stroke screenings at West Boca Medical Center

There’s still time to book a free stroke screening at West Boca Medical Center (21644 State Road 7, Boca Raton). The screenings are available through the end of May in honor of Stroke Awareness Month. The stroke screening includes a full lipid panel, a look at cholesterol and glucose, as well as a blood pressure reading and stroke risk assessment. While not mandatory, an eight-hour fast before the blood test will provide more accurate readings. All participants will receive a free continental breakfast. To register, call 866-904-9262.

Free Medical Lectures

Don't forget: West Boca Medical Center also offers free medical lectures to the public. On Thursday, May 22, at 5 p.m., pharmacist Jackie Frost will present: “Know your pharmacist, know your medications.” The lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the Homewood of Boca (9591 Yamato Road, Boca Raton). RSVP at 877/311-3281.

On Wednesday, May 28, local urologist Dawn Scarzella will talk about overactive bladder. This lecture starts at 5 p.m. at the Menorah House (9945 Central Park Blvd., Boca Raton). RSVP 877/311-3281.