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Active Chatham Grant Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline is approaching for the Active Chatham Grant. Grant applications must be received by Monday, September 14, 2015.

The purpose of this grant is to provide physical activity opportunities for public use located entirely within Chatham County. Funds should be used to enhance or increase access to parks, trails, playgrounds and programs that promote physically active lifestyles.

Proposals will be accepted from non-profit organizations, Chatham County Public Schools, individuals, associations, and local businesses. Child care centers may apply for funds to promote programs that increase wellness activities that promote physical activity. Proposed projects must be located entirely within Chatham County. Funds must go toward a project that creates or enhances opportunities for physical activity for members of the public.

The total funding amount is $5,400 and one to three projects will receive funding. Organizations and agencies may apply for amounts between $500 to $5,400.

Applications are due by Monday, September 14, 2015. To find out more information and to download the grant application, visit www.chathamnc.org/activechatham. Paper grant applications may be found at the Chatham County Public Health Department Administrative Building, located at 80 East Street, Pittsboro, NC. You may also contact Jennifer Park at 919-545-8444 or jennifer.park@chathamnc.org if you have any questions.


10th Annual 5K Reindeer Run Draws Record Crowd

For the 10th year, the Active Chatham 5K Reindeer Run/Walk brought runners from across the region to Pittsboro for a chance to get in the holiday spirit andIMG_6148 burn some calories in advance of the feasts to come later this month. The race, which took place on Saturday, drew runners of all ages and speeds. In total, 395 participants finished the 5K, the highest turnout in the race’s history. Over 50 volunteers worked hard to make the event a success.

Dylan Mathews took first place

Dylan Mathews took first place

Finishing in 19 minutes and 3 seconds, Dylan Mathews of Pittsboro took first place overall. Rounding out the top three were Clint Bryan and Kevin Doyle. In the female bracket, Bri Gaal of Morrisville was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 20:35. Paula Anstrom and Jennifer Parks, both of Pittsboro, finished second and third, respectively. The team “Nice Antlers,”made up of Paula Anstrom and teammates Carl Anstrom and Jason Figge, took first place among teams.

Following the race, over 35 children and their parents participated in Rudolph’s Family Fun Run.  Working their way through the CCCC THANKS trail, participants completed three challenges along the way, including acting like various animals. Each child who participated received a medal.

Thank you to all of those who made the event a success, including race organizers, volunteers, and, of course, the runnIMG_6542ers and walkers. Active Chatham, a health department sponsored coalition of community volunteers that works to highlight the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, organized the event in collaboration with the Chatham County Partnership for Children. All proceeds from the race are used to enhance or increase access to parks, trails, playgrounds, or sidewalks and programs that promote physically active lifestyles.

For full results, please visit www.chathamnc.org/reindeerrun.


Another Great Reindeer Run!

This year’s 7th annual Active Chatham 5K Reindeer Run was a great success. A whopping 338 participants ran and walked on what was a chilly, but fun and high-spirited morning. Click to read more!


Sixth Annual Reindeer Run A Success!

Registrations for the sixth annual Active Chatham Reindeer Run 5K increased by nearly 50% from the 2009 race! Just over 190 runners and walkers signed up to participate in the 3.1 mile race on December 11, 2010 through downtown Pittsboro.

The overall winner was Jack Morgan from Pittsboro. The top female finisher was Yasmin Noel from Sanford. Staff from local schools competed in a new category for this year’s race. JS Waters fielded the fastest team and Silk Hope School had the most team members. Multiple other schools also participated in some way.

Following the race, approximately15 children completed the one-mile Rudolph Fun Run. At the end of the run, kids were greeted by Santa and one of his reindeer, Rudolph.

Megan Bolejack, health educator with the Chatham County Public Health Department stated, “This race wouldn’t be possible without all of our wonderful partners and sponsors. And a special thanks to our more than 40 volunteers for their willingness to come out on a cold Saturday morning.”

Great job to all the runners and walkers for being active during the holiday season!

Proceeds for the race will go towards improving physical activity resources in Pittsboro.

For full results, please go to the Active Chatham 5K Reindeer Run page at http://www.chathamnc.org/index.aspx?page=823.


It’s Not Too Late to Participate!

Come join us for the 6th Annual Active Chatham 5K Reindeer Run this Saturday, December 11th, 8:00 am at the Central Carolina Community College Campus in Pittsboro. 

You can register online through Thursday at http://www.sportoften.com for $22 or register on race day for $25.

There will also be a one mile Rudolph’s Fun Run for kids after the race.

Celebrate the holidays and be active!

For more information, please contact Megan Bolejack at 919-545-8518 or go to www.chathamnc.org/activechatham.