MCHD Cannon Team serves as starters for MOBPacers 5K race 04.29.2023

April 29, 2023

MCHD Cannon Team serves as starters for MOBPacers 5K race

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s Cannon Team made its third outing of 2023 this foggy morning by marking the start of the MOBPacers 5-kilometer race.

According to the group’s social media channel, the MOBPacers is a walking club birthed out of COVID-19 quarantine in 2020. The group states it has been proven that walking with others can keep you motivated, improve your accountability, and help you meet new people with similar goals.

The group’s partner for the race was the Baptize for Life program at Christ Church Cathedral. This is a project funded through the Lilly Foundation and Virginia Theological Seminary to assist parishes in helping people to lead lives of meaning and purpose.

In 2016, an initiative called “MCHD Declares War on Physical Inactivity” began. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, then serving as Health Officer for Mobile County, pointed out that Alabama has one of the highest percentages of obesity in America.

Dr. Kevin Philip Michaels, who assumed the position of Health Officer in 2022, has supported the mission of the Cannon Team. By taking part in community events, the team encourages local residents to go outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings while exercising.

The Lyle Line-Throwing Cannon, which has a 2.5-inch-diameter barrel, was manufactured in the early 1900s by Coston. It is not a replica, reproduction, or toy. The cannon was designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a boat or a victim in distress. Now it used to inspire those seeking a healthier lifestyle.

Derrick Scott supervises a team of MCHD employees that has been trained to safely use the device. Joining him on Saturday were Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford (who fired the cannon), Dana Burroughs, Tommy Busby, James Currie, Edward Franklin, Tiffany Jackson, Eddie Jones, Roxanne Lee, Adrian Perdue, Patricia Poellnitz, William Taylor, and Henry Wright.

Any other groups interested in having the MCHD Cannon Team attend their event should contact the Office of Communications by calling 251-690-8823 or via email at