At a press conference on Tuesday, Rural Health Network announced their second annual "On the Hunt for Good Health" fundraiser, with a number of fundraising challenges for local residents.

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The organization set a goal of raising $30,000 to help ensure access to affordable, quality healthcare and support services for residents of rural communities, as well as ensuring they have access to healthy, locally grown food throughout the region. The fundraiser runs through October 2nd, and according to Director of Resource Development Cindy Martin, Rural Health Network is already about 40% of the way to that $30,000 goal.

"The event highlights our mission to advance the health and well-being of rural people and communities," said Martin. "Participants can enjoy activity challenges that align with our three major areas of focus, transportation, food systems and well-being, while also encouraging family, friends or co-workers to support them and the Rural Health Network."

The big challenge in this year's event is to run, walk or bike 26 miles during the two week event, which is the average one-way distance traveled by rural residents for a doctor appointment. Rural Health Network is also challenging residents to shop fresh farm markets and local produce stands and take some time to check on their mental well-being by calling a friend, meditating or any other health goal participants deem worthy.

"We want folks to have fun with this fundraiser," said Mark Bordeau, Executive Director of Rural Health Network of SCNY. "People can make their own two-week marathon simply by walking, running, or biking for their own good health and on behalf of their family and friends."

In the first year of the event, the Rural Health Network exceeded their goal of $20,000 raised and are hoping to exceed their goal of $30,000 again this year. To register for the event, businesses, teams or individuals can visit the event website.

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