The Makin’ Macon Fit Annual Family Fitness Festival is drawing near. This year is the event’s 21st and will be held on Sat., Sept. 6th at Macon County Junior High School, located at 1003 Hwy 52 Bypass E, Lafayette. Supported completely by local volunteers, the event is designed to benefit Macon County schools, teachers, and the community.
One of the goals of Makin’ Macon Fit is to promote wellness, and was the reason it was founded. According to Dennis Wolford, Macon County General Hospital’s administrator, “In 1993 I had set up a Wellness Council because we did not have a lot of wellness activities going on in the community. At that time I was familiar with a program that Sumner Regional Medical Center had going on once a year where they had a 5K and bike ride. So I talked to them about how they did theirs and I got to thinking, ‘Why couldn’t we do something similar to that?’ It kind of snowballed from there and we had people from around the community that helped in some of the initial planning.”
For the first two or three years the event was held at Key Park, but logistically it was difficult to close so many main roads, so they approached the Macon County Junior High, and they readily accepted Makin’ Macon Fits.
Because of the great help given by volunteers, the money raised is donated directly to the local education program. “The nice thing is, from the proceeds we give a $1,000 scholarship to a student going into the healthcare field. The school with the most support gets $500, second place gets $300, and the teacher with the most support gets $200,” states Wolford.
At this year’s event, there will be a 10-mile bike tour (sponsored by Knollwood) and the 45-mile (sponsored by North Central Telephone Company). Everyone participating in any bike event must wear a helmet and obey all rules of the road. You must be 12 years old, or have an adult guardian to ride the 10-mile tour and to enter the 33-mile tour, you must be at least 16 years of age.
“This year we are going to award a gift card to the most unique outfit for the 5k run or walk, “ said Stacy Brawner. They are very proud to have Nestle Waters as their 5k Race sponsor again this year. This is a perfect first race for the new runner. To celebrate this 21st race, participants are being encouraged to run with friends and to try dressing in a creative or outrageous outfit for the 5k run or walk. “Use your imagination and have fun with it,” says Brawner.
Awards will also be given to the overall male and female winners. The top two finishers in each age category for male and female runners will receive an award. The one-mile walk which was very successful last year, is sponsored by Macon Bank & Trust. There will also be a three-mile walk sponsored by Citizens Bank.
Young children will enjoy the kids’ events (sponsored by Macon County Coordinated School Health). According to Wolford, this is one of the most popular events. “Oh the kids love the race events: obstacle course, the bouncy tents and the slide, the bike rodeo and the fun run.” There are also door prizes to be given away, including bicycles, helmets and other items donated by several organizations. The prize drawings take place at approximately 11 a.m. and participants must be present to win.
Each year Makin’ Macon Fit takes pride in arranging a series of events for physically and mentally challenged individuals. The events are a great way for all people, no matter what their abilities, to participate. They have a great time and get some healthful exercise. These events begin at 9:30 a.m.
The Macon County school with the most participants is awarded $500. Also this year, $300 will be awarded to the school with the second-highest number of participants. Other proceeds help fund the scholarship and support Lafayette Rotary and Interact Club community projects.
Again this year, all pre-registered participants will receive a Makin’ Macon Fit T-Shirt. There will be Health Fair booths along with fruits and drinks available to those participating. For more information, visit the website www.makinmaconfit.com or contact Stacy Brawner at 666-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They want to thank all of the sponsors for this year’s event:
Nestle Waters, Citizens Bank, Quorum Health Services, Macon County Times, Tri-County Electric, Macon County Chronicle, Family Care Center, Championship, Macon County Coordinated School Health, NCTC, Macon Bank & Trust Co., Farm Bureau, Upper Mid Tennessee’s Rural Health Network, Gallagher Healthcare, Knollwood Manor, The White House Assisted Living, Benchmark Title Company, Cobb, The Crichton Group, Lafayette Children’s Clinic, and Comprehensive Rehabilitation.
The hosts for this year’s event is Lafayette Rotary, UT Extension, MCHS Interact Club, MCJHS Junior Interact Club, Macon County Health Council, along with Macon County General Hospital.
Registration forms can be picked up at any of the sponsors, Macon County School System, or Macon County General Hospital. Please help us make this year’s 21st annual celebration bigger and better than ever and remember the date-Sept. 6th, 2014.