Health & wellness

Running and riding for good reasons

The Melanoma Foundation of New England will hold its first Melanoma 5K Run/Walk for Hope on Sept. 20 in Waltham.

The race is a benefit for the nonprofit Melanoma Foundation, raising money for melanoma education and prevention.

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The event will be at Waltham High School and in addition to the race will feature a kids’ run, a meet and greet with marathoner Bill Rodgers, live music, and UV facial scans.

The race, which begins at 10 a.m., is chip-timed and will award prizes to top runners and top fund-raisers.

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According to the organization, the mission of the Melanoma Foundation of New England is to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the region while working to increase public awareness of sun-safe behavior and early detection.

For more information or to register for the Melanoma 5K Run/Walk for Hope: mfne.org/runwalkforhope/.

Bike4Life, a fund-raising ride to support the LivableStreets Alliance, an organization creating streets better for biking, walking, and public transit in the Boston area, will be held Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bike4Life has routes of 4 miles, 24 miles, and 40 miles. The four-mile kids’ route is through Auburndale Park and adjacent neighborhoods and will be led by the CommonWheels Bicycle Co-op. The 24-mile route is suitable for beginner bicyclists while the 40-mile ride is an extension of the 24-mile route.

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The event was founded to honor bicyclist Robert Zeeb in 2010 and later became the Ride4Life to benefit the Livable Streets Alliance. According to the organizers, “the Bike4Life is a ride in memory of loved ones, a ride for fun, a ride for more livable streets, and a ride to encourage lifelong riding.”

Registration requires a commitment to donate or raise at least $100, though a higher amount is encouraged. Helmets are required for all riders.

For more information: bike4life
boston.org/

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