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Cold Hands Warm Heart event planned

on January 14, 2014 10:50 AM

The second annual Cold Hands Warm Heart event, hosted by uPtown Fitness, will be held Feb. 8. uPtown Fitness is located behind the post office on Church Street.

February is Heart Awareness Month.

Cold Hands Warm Heart benefits the Center for Cardiac and Vascular Care at Indiana Regional Medical Center. The event raised $3,200 in 2013.

“We hope to raise even more this year,” said Haley Bradbury, event coordinator and a registered nurse at IRMC.

The goal of the event is to bring a greater awareness of heart disease prevention and knowledge of a healthier lifestyle to Indiana and surrounding communities. This year’s event will include:

• 8K Walk/Run (5 miles),

• uPtown Throwdown, an indoor obstacle course that includes the 5-mile run, and

• A Health and Nutrition Fair.

The event begins with registration and packet pickup from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the gym. The race and fair will start at 10 a.m.

The event is expected to last until 1 p.m. uPtown will be closed for gym use from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the event.

The indoor obstacle course is an ultimate fitness challenge that will test strength and endurance as participants conquer obstacles such as army crawls, tire flips, wall climbs, sled pulls and more.

“We are asking that everyone who will be doing the obstacle course bring a second pair of shoes to wear indoors to avoid injury,” Bradbury said.

The 8K, which will be chip-timed by Gingerbread Man Running Company, which designed the course, features age groups starting at 12-and-under, while the winner of the fitness challenge will be determined by completion of obstacles and time completed.

Bradbury, who is planning this year’s event with uPtown’s manager, Jennifer Clark, stressed that competitors do not need to complete every challenge in uPtown Throwdown, but the more hurdles finished, the better one’s chances are to earn the championship title.

In preparation for Cold Hands Warm Heart, which is free for spectators and open to the public, uPtown Fitness will be offering free GroupX classes from Feb. 1 to 7.

A full class schedule can be found on its Facebook page at

“There will also be opportunities to win prizes and games to play during the health and nutrition fair, so we encourage everyone to come,” Clark said.

“We are glad to have the IUP nutrition students and nursing students being involved at booths again this year and can’t wait to see what they will be demonstrating.”

To register to compete, visit, and search Cold Hands Warm Heart.

Interested participants are urged to register soon in order to guarantee an event T-shirt. Event payments and monetary donations can be made directly to Cold Hands Warm Heart.

For more information, call uPtown at (724) 463-8696 or visit the Cold Hands Warm Heart Facebook page.

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