The Doctor’s Race is organized each year by the City Council Sports Development, with this year’s slogan, “Come feel your heart beat in Puerto Vallarta” and prizes totaling 100,000 pesos to distribute, plus a bonus of 5000 pesos.
5 and 10 kilometers runs were available for everyone under the following categories: youth (14 to 18 years), Master (40 to 49), Free (19 to 39), Veterans (50 to 59 years) and Veterans A (60 or more).
The event’s honored guests, of course were the doctors, in which participants presented their hospital badge at registration.
The race holds a limited quota of 2,000 participants, and began at the sports complex “Agustín Flores Contreras.”
The race is sponsored by the Federación Mexicana de Asociaciones de Atletismo (FMAA; Federation of Mexican Athletics Associations), the governing body for athletics in Mexico.
The race also helps raise awareness for the health benefits of running in a fun community event.
Improve Your Health
Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.
For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.
Boost Your Confidence
Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.
Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.
When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running.