The First Annual Farmers' Market Fun Run, held in conjunction with the Farmers' Market was, in Hart's words, "an opportunity to promote healthy living." Hart is a 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist and President of the Eddie Hart All In One Foundation. "As obesity becomes an increasing problem in our society," he added, "this forum promotes health, education, and athletics. It is important to teach our youth that fruits and vegetables are healthier choices to fast food. Starting the healthy eating education early, combined with aerobic and cardio activity, leads to a healthy lifestyle."
Participants ranging from 14 to 17 hit the mark at 10 a.m. The air was crisp and the 2.75-mile course was marked. The route took them throughout Old Town Pittsburg, along its historic streets and picturesque waterfront. After 17 minutes and 45 seconds, the first runner arrived at the finish line. Awards were presented to the top three finishers in the male and female divisions.
"Supporting community events such as the Farmers' Market Fun Run and Old Town Pasta Challenge are a big enhancement to Old Town Pittsburg, as they bring the community together," said Mary Coniglio of the Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce. "Public participation and interest from our local businesses has increased the awareness of the businesses and happenings here in Old Town."
Old Town Pittsburg hosts the Farmers' Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 18. The market is located in the Pittsburg Historical Museum parking lot on Railroad Avenue and Sixth Street. For directions or more information, call Timi Tumbaga, Old Town Pittsburg Coordinator, at 473-0700 or visit www.shopoldtown.com.