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A weekend of health and wellness events in Rochester


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As part of the Mayo Clinic Sesquicentennial celebration, hundreds of people will take part in a weekend of health and wellness events in Rochester.

Running and walking events, a health and wellness expo and guest speakers, including Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno, are all part of the Healthy Human Race weekend. Events kicked off Friday night at the Mayo Civic Center with speeches from Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch founder and director, Bob Bardwell, and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to ever register and finish the Boston Marathon. On Saturday, a speech by Mayo Clinic Dr. Michael Joyner will pose physical activity as the ultimate medical treatment. U.S. Olympian, coach, and inspirational speaker Jeff Galloway will also speak about preventing common running injuries.

Eight-time Olympic medalist, Apolo Ohno, will be the keynote speaker on Saturday. His speech "Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday" starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Mayo Civic Center and is free and open to the public. KTTC is the sponsor of the speakers series at the Mayo Civic Center.

After his speech, Ohno and Rochester Mayor, Ardell Brede, will officially kick-off the start of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Walk event. A kids run and 5K also take place on Saturday. The 30th annual Rochester Half Marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. on Sunday. All proceeds from the events will support the Mayo Clinic's 150th Patient Care Fund.

Runners and walkers will battle heat and humidity this weekend. KTTC Chief Meteorologist Randy Brock said to expect more clouds than clear sky Saturday with a high between 82 and 85 degrees.

"With the humidity, the heat index will be in the 95-105 degree range Saturday afternoon. We're not immune to the possibility of a stray storm or two this weekend, but there won't be many. Any that do form will contain heavy rain," Brock said.

Brock said Sunday looks to be the warmest day of the entire summer, nearing 90 degrees.

The KTTC Precision Forecast Team will keep you updated on-air and online at http://www.kttc.com/weather. Download the KTTC Precision Weather App for iOS and Android for the latest hourly forecast.

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