Olympic Gold Medalist LaTasha Colander Clark will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Saturday Night Pasta Dinner presented by Riverside Health System.

Newport News’ own Dr. Desiree Williams, Miss Virginia USA 2016, will be the host for the event. Dr. Williams has a Doctor of Physical Therapy and currently serves as the Interim Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute at Hampton University as well being an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. In late 2014, she published a book she co-authored entitled, Love Affair with my Hair: Why Black Women Cheat on Health.

Colander Clark, a native of Portsmouth, VA, is a graduate of Wilson High School and later went on to be a track star at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Colander Clark won 14 ACC titles, was an 18-time All-American, and led the Tar Heels to eight ACC team championships. Colander Clark was a member of both the 2000 and 2004 United States Olympic Teams, and won a gold medal as part of the 4x400 meter relay team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She was also the U.S. champion in the 400 meters and was part of the relay team that broke the world record in the 4x200 meters in 2000. Colander Clark repeated as U.S. champion in the 400 meters the next year.  In 2014, Mrs. Colander Clark was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Colander Clark recently released a new book entitled, Flat Tummi Diet Recipes & Exercises, which promotes healthy living and encourages simple diet recipes.

Join us at the Marriott at City Center on Saturday night for the pre-race pasta dinner presented by Riverside Health System!

The pasta dinner is $20, and open to public. Ticket sales are limited, and any remaining tickets will be on sale at the Health and Wellness Expo.


Marriott at City Center


Saturday, March 11