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Makin’ Macon Fit Returns!!!

Put on a pair of jogging shorts, lace up your favorite tennis shoes and head on out to the 29th annual Makin’ Macon Fit Family Fitness Festival on Saturday, September 9th, at Macon County Junior High School with festivities to kick off at 8 a.m.

Supported completely by local volunteers, primarily the Lafayette Rotary Club, Rotary Interact Clubs, the Macon County Health Council, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Macon Community Hospital, and UT Extension, the event is designed to benefit Macon County schools and promote an active and healthier lifestyle.

Starting off the day is the National Anthem and invocation at 7:45 a.m. Fitness events will begin at 8:00 am with the 5K Race, sponsored this year by Macon County Schools and the 3 Mile Walk that is sponsored by Citizens Bank.

“We are very proud to have Macon County Schools as our 5K sponsor this year,” said Makin Macon Fit Chairperson Meagan Bell. “The 5k Race is a perfect race for the new runner. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners and we will also award the top two finishers in each age category for male and female runners.”

At 8:30 am, participants will begin the 1-Mile Walk, sponsored by Macon Bank & Trust. This event is held at the school track.

Meagan says young children will enjoy the kids’ events, which include the bike rodeo, sponsored by Lafayette Children’s Clinic, the obstacle course, sponsored by Macon County Coordinated School Health, and the fun run, sponsored by Macon County Schools. “There will be games and inflatable bouncy tents, sponsored by NCTC” said Bell, “along with door prizes to be given  away. There will be at least 15 bicycles to be given away and other items donated by several organizations. The prize drawings will take place at approximately 11 am and you must be present to win.”   

GaGa Ball will be held event and is sponsored by Lafayette Pharmacy. There will be two pits for the children to play in. 

The cost to participate in each event is as follows: 5K Race, ($20 for those pre-registered, $25 otherwise), all other events including kids ($15 for those pre-registered, $18 after 9/1).

The school with the most participants will receive $500 and the second-place school will receive $300. The teacher with the most support will win $200. Additional proceeds from the event will help fund a college scholarship and support Lafayette Rotary and Interact Club community projects. 

A health fair will also be set up under a tent and inside the cafeteria, where healthy snacks and plenty of fruit and drinks will be available.

“I’d like to encourage everyone to come out and participate in this event,” said Macon Community Hospital Administrator Thomas Kidd. “This is a great family event that promotes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and encourages physical activity. I urge kids of all ages to participate. It’s going to be a big day… a fun day for everyone!”

Sponsors for this year’s event include  Citizens Bank, Macon Bank & Trust, , Benchmark Title Company, North Central Telephone Cooperative, Quorum Health Resources, Knollwood Manor, the Macon County Chronicle, Tri-County Electric, Farm Bureau, the Family Care Center, Championship Trophies, Comprehensive Rehab,  Macon County Schools, Hope Family Clinic, Upper Mid-Tennessee Rural Health Network, Macon Iron Fitness, Modern Automotive Group, the Tennessee Dept. of Health, Macon Community Hospital, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Lafayette Children’s Clinic, Put It In Print, AirEvac, Powell & Meadows, Palace Care & Rehab, HUB, Ovation Health, Goodman Trucking and Lafayette Pharmacy.

Hosts of this year’s event includes the Lafayette Rotary Club, the MCHS Interact Club, MCJHS Junior Interact Club, Macon County Health Council, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Macon Community Hospital and the UT Extension. 

“We’d really like to thank our sponsors and hosts,” Bell and Kidd added. “Every year, they get behind this event and show their support.” 

Pre-registration forms are available at any Macon County School, any local branch of Citizens Bank or Macon Bank & Trust and can also be picked up at Macon Community Hospital. Participants are urged to register before Sept. 1st to be guaranteed a shirt but can register the day of the event.

“We are working hard to make this year’s event the biggest and best ever.” Just a reminder: bike rodeo requires a helmet.

For further information contact Meagan Bell 6156701260 or