Health and wellness the focus at Surline Saturday

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Percy Hodge/Zettel, 3, and Jerimiha Hodge/Zettel, 4, both of West Branch, see how far they can propel a diecast car.
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Charlie Bruder, 9, of West Branch tosses a ball through a target at one of the health fair booths.
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Middle, Adysen Kartes, 10, and right, Emma McDonald, 9, both of West Branch, try to guess how many sugar cubes amount to how much sugar is in different food products.
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David Reed, 9, of Sterling samples a drink at the health and wellness fair.
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Jacob Bruce, 7, adds up some numbers at one of the Shivering Shamrock obstacles.
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Dakota Rachow works to add up a group of numbers at the last obstacle of the race.
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This racing stuff can be tough as nine-month-old Avery Wade of West Branch demonstrates.
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Lacey Garma of West Branch tosses a hula hoop at one of the obstacles during the Shivering Shamrock.
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Thanks to a winter storm the night before, people battle through slushy roads as they make their way around the course.
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A group of runners leads the pack during the first leg of the race.
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Shivering Shamrock participants make their way through some tires, the first obstacle of the day.
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The 2017 Shivering Shamrock gets underway.
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One of the Minions prepares for the start of the Shivering Shamrock.
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The 2017 Shivering Shamrock participants gather for a photo before the start of the fourth-annual event.
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One of the Minions decides to battle the odds as he dances in front of the inflatable dinosaur as people fire tennis balls at it.
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Tayan Wangler, 2, of West Branch fires a tennis ball at an inflatable dinosaur.
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People file in around the registration table as they prepare for the start of the Shivering Shamrock.
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Heather Neuhaus poses for a photo with one of the Minions before the start of the Shivering Shamrock.
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West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Neuhaus works the registration table before the start of the Shivering Shamrock.
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Henry Scott, 2, of St. Helen watches as his tennis ball hurls toward an inflatable dinosaur.
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Riley Rachow, 3, of West Branch reaches out to a Minion as her sister, Dakota, 10, looks on.
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Dakota Rachow, 10, of West Branch fires a tennis ball at an inflatable dinosaur before the start of the Shivering Shamrock.
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Riley Rachow, 3, of West Branch shoots a tennis ball at a giant dinosaur as she waits for the start of the Shivering Shamrock race.
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Brenson Keith, 6, and Lauren Morse, 6, find out how much fat is in some of their favorite foods.
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Mark Hamilton, 12, of West Branch jumps rope at the wellness fair.
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Izzy Hamilton, 10, of West Branch gets her heart rate checked by paramedic Carole Bowers.
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Logan Stephenson, 4, of West Branch finds out how much sugar is in his favorite cereal as his mom, Stacey, looks on.
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Health and wellness were the focus at and around Surline Elementary School Saturday, as the school hosted its first Kids Health and Wellness Fair. Different vendors and businesses had booths set up with a number of fun activities and educational messages for those in attendance. Also occurring simultaneously behind the school was the fourth-annual Shivering Shamrock obstacle race put on by the West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce. More than 60 people turned out despite chilly weather and leftover snow from the night before to participate in the annual event.

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