Get Heeled 5k raises $75,000 with fitness and family fun

The Pink Pacers, a Chapel Hill-based group founded to give back to the local community, promoting healthy living and fighting cancer partnered with O2 Fitness to sponsor the 2011 Get Heeled 5k and family fun walk.

Claudio Battaglini waves at the camera just before the start of the fun run.

More than 800 participants came out on October 22nd, raising $75,000 through race entries, sponsorships, participant fundraising and donations.

This year’s event benefits the Get REAL & HEELIcon indicating that a link will open an external site. program, co-founded by UNC Lineberger member Claudio Battaglini, PhD, and Diane Groff, EdD, both members of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science.  The program provides healthy living, exercise, stress management and mind-body coaching for breast cancer survivors in affiliation with UNC Lineberger.

Pink pacers co-founder and race co-director Katy Gilliam said, “Everyone who worked on this event and all of the community supporters proved that the Chapel Hill community can do amazing things – our goal of $75,000 will allow Get REAL & HEEL to serve 50 cancer survivors.”  Other race co-directors were Brooke Bowersox, Mike Cashion and Carrie Gilmore.