Health & Safety Fair join the South Slough Scramble


By Sue Cody


Diabetes run EricPut on your running shoes, bring the kids and head out to Fort Clatsop for the South Slough Scramble and Health & Safety Fair, Sunday, September 25.


This year, the event has even more to offer. Two hospital dietitians will be handing out healthy snacks. Safe Kids North Coast and Medix will be giving out free safety helmets, making sure car seats are installed correctly and demonstrating water safety at Netul Landing. Free or reduced cost car seats will be available for those in need.


This is the seventh year Lewis and Clark National Historical Park hosts the South Slough Scramble, which is a free 10K run and 5K run/walk through forest trails, along boardwalks, bridges and the Lewis and Clark River. 


First and second-place finishers in the men’s and women’s division will receive prizes and all 5K/10K participants will receive a finisher’s medal.


Door prizes will be given away.


The race begins at 9 a.m. Registration is from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Netul Landing, about a mile and a half south of the main park entrance. Participants younger than 18 years of age must have their registration signed by a parent or guardian. The course is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers and no pets are allowed.


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Providence Seaside Hospital and Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District (SEPRD) are partnering with the park to bring more awareness to health and safety through nutrition and safety experts.


“This is a unique, healthy, free run that we are excited to see expanding to include a safety fair,” said Paulette McCoy, community relations manager for Providence Seaside.


Last year’s event focused on diabetes prevention. This year, nutrition and healthy eating are highlighted. Healthy school snack ideas will be shared, along with nutrition information.


SEPRD will supply the racing bibs, and Medix Ambulance Service and Safe Kids North Coast will give out all-sport helmets that are good for skating and biking. The helmets are light, aerodynamic and are designed to protect the skull during impact with hard surfaces, such as pavement. Kids must be present to have the helmets properly fitted.


Safety tips, such as poisons in the home, or how to identify drugs will be offered.


The car seat clinic shows people how to properly fit a car seat for an infant or child. Water safety instruction includes demonstrations on fitting life jackets and how to properly use boating gear.


The Way to Wellville and its sponsor, Columbia Pacific Coordinate Care Organization, encourage these activities and engagement in community wellness.


The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial throughout 2016.


For more information, call the park at 503-861-2471.