Asthma Olympics canceled
Organizers of the Lancaster Asthma Olympics took a breather this year.
The event, sponsored by the American Lung Association, was scheduled Sunday afternoon at the Lancaster Rec Center, 525 Fairview Ave.
But people who showed up for the fun went home disappointed; it was canceled this year for lack of interest.
A spokesman for the American Lung Association said few children signed up to participate, so a last-minute decision was made to shutter the event.
The Lancaster Asthma Olympics is designed for children ages 5 to 12 who can compete in athletic events -- including the shuttle run, obstacle course, 50-yard dash and long jump -- while learning to manage their asthma.
Asthma is a fairly common, chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that can make it hard to breathe. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.