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Posted: February 15, 2011

UNTHSC sponsors health fair, races at The Cowtown

Cowtown 2011 logoUNT Health Science Center is once again proud to sponsor The Cowtown, now a two-day series of six races, on Feb. 26 and 27. This year, the event, founded by the Health Science Center in 1979, moves to the Will Rogers Memorial Center to accommodate its growth from last year's 21,000 runners. Currently 17,300 runners are registered, with more than 23,000 expected on race day.

The Health Science Center will be an exhibitor in the Health and Fitness Expo Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26, in the Amon Carter Exhibits Hall. The Health Science Center's faculty physician practice, UNT Health, will sponsor a health fair from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Central Texas Room at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The health fair will provide bone density scans, glucose checks, manipulative therapy, body fat analysis and other basic health screenings.

Albert Yurvati, DO ('86), chair and professor of Surgery, serves as the event's medical director, providing oversight of all runners' medical needs, with the support of Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine students.

The Cowtown is one of the largest multi-event road races in the country. The event also includes the UNT Health Science Center half-marathon, a 10K, 5K, Kids 5K and 50K ultra-marathon. Proceeds from the race help benefit the C.A.L.F. (Children's Activities for Life & Fitness) Program to promote and educate children about the importance of creating a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness and nutrition. This program supports youth from area school districts and community centers by providing training, grants to participate in The Cowtown Kids 5K race and running shoes to children in need.

Last year, more than 200 UNTHSC volunteers supported the events. Check The Cowtown Web site for the schedule of events, race registration and course maps.

If you are with the media and need additional information or would like to arrange an interview,
please contact Jeff Carlton, Director of Media Relations, at 817-735-7630.


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