The Force was with us at the sixth annual Grand Pediatric Pentathlon. With 47 participants, the event raised over $17,500 which will help develop bigger and better brains in Alabama’s children.

The Force was definitely with us this year! Pediatricians and their families conquered the Dark Side and raised over $17,500 to build better brains in Alabama. I was honored to serve as the Master chair of the Grand Pediatric Pentathlon. The future of Alabama is bright!
— Nola Ernest, M.D., honorary chair
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The event has raised over $73,500 during the last six years for Reach Out and Read-Alabama and the program sites throughout the state that are not only prescribing books, but also giving Alabama’s children a foundation for success. 

During the Pentathlon, participants (attendees, family members and vendors) had the opportunity to register and compete in five different events (kayaking, walking/running, bicycling, swimming and reading) available at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.

View for more photos from the event here.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

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The fate of the 2019 Pediatric Pentathlon hangs in the balance. Can you help Dr. Ernest spread the news about the event (May 4th) and save the galaxy?

In this 2nd episode of PEDS WARS, learn how YOU too can utilize the peer-to-peer fundraising platform to garner support from those that advocate for educated young minds in the galaxy.

Do you want to join us as a brain-builder?

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Want to participate in the Grand Pediatric Pentathlon even if you are unable to attend the actual event? Getting started is easy to do, and it’s fun. We’ll even give you all the tools you’ll need to make a difference in the lives of Alabama’s children. You can register online now at

Drs. Nola Ernest, chair, and Jacob Edwards, co-chair of the 2019 Grand Pediatric Pentathlon, walk you through how to register for this year's online fundraising!

Learn more about our past events.