CHINO - Chino Valley YMCA supporters strongly believe in healthy lifestyles featuring proper eating habits and lots of exercise.

And the nonprofit practices what it preaches. While cooler temperatures finally may be ushering in the fall season, the Y is already looking ahead.

In fact, it soon will be looking a lot like Christmas. The Chino Valley YMCA is hosting its first Reindeer Romp 5k run and 1-mile children's fun run on Dec. 15.

Early registration is $30 for the 5k and $10 for the children's fun run. The prices are good through Dec. 13.

The course is set for Ayala Park, 14225 Central Ave., Chino, and is described as a flat and fast course set in a tranquil setting. Participants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, a finisher medal and entry to a pancake breakfast.

"The Chino Valley YMCA's Reindeer Romp puts the `fun' in fundraiser while promoting awareness for healthy and active children. Runners and children from throughout the Chino Valley will be attracted to this debut run that promises to be fun and full of holiday cheer," said Julie Gobin, a spokeswoman for Chino Valley Unified School District, who also is helping publicize the run.

Debra C. Anderson is the president and chief executive officer of West End YMCA.

"The YMCA is excited to offer the community a healthy event for all. The run/walk fits the YMCA's mission and challenge to help people achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body.


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It's a great chance for families to participate and for the community unite for a fun time," Anderson said.

Proceeds from this event, in fact, will help the Y's financial assistance program. The YMCA takes great pride in never turning away anyone because of their inability to pay.

The assistance programs keeps the Y available to children and their families, many who need the nonprofit the most.

"We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident, connected and secure," Anderson said. "When you give to the Y, your gift has a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own community.

The YMCA chose a run because of its healthy connection as well as its novelty.

Although they may appear simple, they usually require a lot of planning and work.

"Certainly, any fundraiser or large event is a lot of work, but with the help of dedicated volunteers and the leadership of race director Jamie Harwood, we are confident that we can offer a great, high-quality race. And this will be a fun event for a good cause, so it makes the work worth it," she said.

Registration forms and information can be found at www.weymca.org/reindeerromp.

The YMCA needs volunteers for race day. Applications are available at the website.

For more information, call 909-597-7445 or email chino@weymca.org