Free 5K Color Run Combats Childhood Obesity ​| Reprint TWCNEWS By Jessica Nelson Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 04:12 PM EST

Free 5K Color Run Combats Childhood Obesity ​

WILMINGTON — For the past six years, a former Leland Elementary School teacher has been trying to decrease childhood obesity statistics, one 5K at a time.

Nick Westfall Race Director

Nick Westfall held his 18th 5k Color Fun Run Saturday morning, attracting nearly 1,500 people.

Races can sometimes cost as much as $100 just to enter, but Westfall says you cannot put a price on being active.

“You can fight childhood obesity for free, so the race is free. With proper education, nutrition education and exercise, you can solve, I hope, it’s not a simple problem, but we’re taking steps to make it fun to be healthy,” said Nick Westfall, race director.

The school that brings in the most participants will be awarded $500. The second, free 5K Color Fun Run will take place in Holden Beach on March 5.

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