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Activities Announced for June 30 HeartChase

OLBH is bringing the American Heart Association’s HeartChase to Ashland Saturday, June 30 beginning at 9 a.m. in Ashland Central Park and the activities and checkpoints of the competition have been announced. Ashland HeartChase will take place as part of the annual Summer Motion event.

Ashland HeartChase offers participants a creative way to explore the city, have a good time and contribute to an important cause. The adventure will take competing teams throughout Ashland where they must perform both physical and mental challenges at 10 checkpoints throughout the city in the quickest time possible. The HeartChase course will take contestants from the starting point in Central Park to the following checkpoints: Bellefonte Pediatrics, the Paramount Arts Center, the Jesse Stuart Foundation, Community Hospice, Community Trust Bank, the Boyd County Public Library, WLGC, Home Federal Bank, Ashland Sporting Goods and the cabin in Central Park.

The teams competing in HeartChase will find a variety of challenges awaiting them at each of the checkpoints including physical tests such as a bicycle obstacle course, jumping rope, a relay race, etc. Mental tests include building a meal under a certain number of calories and a “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” nutrition quiz. There are even unusual challenges such as removing ping pong balls from an open box placed on a contestant’s belt. However, contestants must remove the balls without help or the use of their hands.

The team that completes the course with the most points will be named as Ashland HeartChase champions and will receive a team trophy and a valuable prize basket. Prizes also will be awarded to the team with the most spirit and a special prize will be given to the team that participates in the Ashland HeartChase in the wackiest attire.

“HeartChase will be a lot of fun to both participate in and to watch,” said Chuck Charles, president of Summer Motion and vice president of the OLBH Foundation. “What could be better than a community-wide competition to complete challenges in a race to the finish line? What makes it better is it is all in service of a good cause, as the money raised supports the life-saving work of the American Heart Association.”

“We hope that the Ashland HeartChase not only gets people moving but that it also gets them inspired to live a healthy lifestyle that strengthens their hearts and cardiovascular systems,” said cardiologist and Ashland HeartChase chairperson Michele Friday, M.D.

For more information on joining a team or donating, visit and select “join the chase” and then enter Ashland, Ky., in the search field to find the Ashland HeartChase. The site allows for secure online donations as well as the ability to search for existing Ashland HeartChase teams to join or follow. The Ashland HeartChase also can be followed on Facebook here.

For more information, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

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