PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Coachella Valley is gearing up for this week's Humana challenge PGA tournament, and with it a focus on healthy living.
"You get to run and run and run," said Maliya Walke, who is only six years old but already knows the importance of exercise. She joined hundreds of local fitness enthusiasts for the 3rd annual Mayor's Race, Swim and Wellness Festival in Palm Springs.
"So many little kids doing the 1K, so much fun and it raises a lot of money for the Clinton Foundation," said Michele Mician, sustainability manager for the City of Palm Springs
In December, the city of Palm Springs made a commitment to the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to focus on improving the health and well-being of the community.
This year the city raised nearly half a million dollars to fund valley-wide programs that promote working out, eating healthy and fighting childhood obesity.
"There's not a go-to place on healthy living and what to do so we're creating a fund to create a portal that will do that for the entire Coachella Valley," said Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet.
Participants of the festival got off on the right foot with 10-mile, 5K and 1K run/walks. The event also featured a rock climbing wall, group fitness classes and water balls.
"You don't think it's that hard and then once you get in it you're running, sweating, getting your heart rate up and you're having fun too," said Samantha Johnson, one of the owners of Chill Entertainment Group which offers the unique activity.
We all know fitness can be fun, but ultimately it's a focus on making healthier lifestyle decisions that will last a lifetime.
"Never stop moving. You've got to keep moving and this will motivate people to change their life," said 5K runner Terri Olsen.
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