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In 1991 the City of Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and our founding sponsor, St. John Medical Center, agreed to host a five-mile charity run in Westlake, Ohio. Since 1991, North Coast Challenge raised over 1.4 million dollars for local charities such as Westlake D.A.R.E., Far West Center, Westlake Dept. of Senior & Community Services, SJMC Community Outreach and Wellness Ministry program, University Hospitals Woman's Health Center, Westlake Porter Public Library and more.

Over the years, North Coast Challenge has become an annual community event, comprised of events such as a 5-mile chip timed run and 3.4 mile walk. Healthy refreshments are provided for participants and spectators. Local merchants display the latest in health and wellness products and the staff of St. John Medical center does free health screenings form 8:30am to 11:30am. Music and children's activities make it a fun day for the entire family. The North Coast Challenge is a family event where spectators can cheer on the runners and walkers and kids can have their face painted, healthy snacks and receive and award for participating in the 1 mile and 1/2 mile Kids Fun Runs!

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