Peoria CVB

JLP's second Pair Up for Health to unite community



For More Information, Contact:                                                       For Immediate Release

Nicole Headington                                                                                 June 2, 2011

Pair Up for Health Race Director
(309) 657-1169


The JLP Brings Families and Friends Together on the Trail to a Healthier Lifestyle


PEORIA, IL - Attention runners, walkers and spectators!  The Junior League of Peoria (JLP) is proud to present the second running of Pair Up for Health at Wildlife Prairie State Park at 8 a.m. June 11, 2011.

The goal of Pair Up for Health is to raise awareness of the escalating obesity epidemic among children and sedentary lifestyles. Following the completion of the race, information and materials related to healthy eating, nutrition and the benefits of exercise will be provided to all participants.

"The Junior League of Peoria has a long-standing history of creating and implementing community projects that help improve the quality of life in our community. Pair Up for Health is another excellent opportunity for people of all ages to engage in a healthy activity and have some fun," said Kelly Walz, president of the Junior League of Peoria.

Pair Up for Health combines the beauty of the trails at Wildlife Prairie State Park with the challenges of an obstacle course. The three-mile trail race challenge incorporates obstacles such as small hurdles, rolling hills, army crawl, tires, stairs and a 58-foot slide called the Gollywhopper. The course will challenge participants with mixed terrain including dirt roads, animal areas, wooded trails, open fields and grassy paths. There will also be a children's 1-mile fun run that will start at approximately 9 a.m.

Nicole Headington, race director for Pair Up for Health said, "In conjunction with the Central Illinois Trail Running Alliance and the Illinois Valley Striders, we are pleased to offer participants a unique trail race unlike anything that is currently offered in Central Illinois. In 2010, more than 200 individuals participated in the inaugural event. We would love for the participation to grow in the coming years."

Participants may register online at The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Registration will be available during packet pick-up on Friday, June 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Running Central.  Race day registration will be accepted from 6:45 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

All participants will receive the official Pair Up for Health race packet which includes a reusable grocery bag, complimentary samples and more. Following the race, participants and spectators are invited to spend the day at Wildlife Prairie State Park.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female as well as the top three finishers in each age division for both males and females.

All proceeds from Pair Up for Health will support the Junior League of Peoria and our work to change the lives of children through education.

For more information about Pair Up for Health, please visit

About the Junior League of Peoria

The Junior League of Peoria, Inc., established in 1936, is an organization of almost 450 active and sustaining members committed to promoting voluntarism and to improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, representing over 190,000 members.

Over the last 70 years, the Junior League of Peoria has impacted the community through a wide range of well-known projects, including Peoria Race for the Cure, Family House and the Riverfront Playground. Current projects include the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum, Kids in the Kitchen nutrition program and the I Like Me literacy program.

About Wildlife Prairie State Park

Established in 1978 by Bill and Hazel Rutherford, Wildlife Prairie State Park is a 2,000 acre zoological park that is home to animals indigenous to Illinois including: wolves, bison, waterfowl, black bears, elk, cougars, otters and more. Visitors enjoy spectacular natural surroundings, unique lodging and meeting space, fishing and a Pioneer Farmstead.

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            The PACVB represents an eight county region including Bureau, Fulton, Marshall, Mason, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.  The organization's mission is to promote the Peoria Area as a destination for visitors and contribute to the economic growth of the communities they represent.


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