If biking, walking, bouncy tents, and the chance to win 11 bicycles complete with helmets sound like fun Makin’ Macon Fit may just be an event for you and your entire family.

Scheduled for this Saturday, September 12th, the 16th Annual Family Fitness Festival will have events for everyone including an obstacle course, a jr. bike rodeo, and a fun run.  A 5K race and a three-mile walk will be held plus bike tours varying in lengths with 10, 33, and the longest at 66 miles with events beginning at 7:30 a.m. through 10 a.m. Special events will be scheduled for the challenged, and Coordinated School Health Director Jackie Sircy encourages you to come out to the Macon County Junior High School and participate.  “We will have something available for every age group,” remarked Sircy, “welcoming the very young to senior citizens of all ages.”
“We also hope to have a climbing wall this year.”

Sumo wrestling is an exciting new event where participants will wear inflatable outfits while they join in on the laughter and fun.
Happy the Healthy Hound, Nancy the Nutritious Apples, and Power Panther will be there to remind students and adults alike about the importance of fitness and nutrition.

Those wishing to ride in any of the bike events must bring their own bike and a helmet in order to participate.

Pre-registered participants will receive a Makin’ Macon Fit t-shirt. If you have questions call Stacey Brawner at 666-2147 or Shelia Shrum at 666-2151.

Registration forms can be turned in to Citizens Bank, Macon Bank & Trust or Macon County General Hospital, or to teachers at school. Runners and bike riders may also register online at www.active.com. Fees for the events range from $6 up to $25.

“If a child wishes to participate and is financially unable, they may return the sign-up form to a teacher with ‘unable to pay’ noted,” commented Sircy, “and everyone that wants to will be able to participate.”

Sponsors include: Macon County Chronicle, Nestle Waters, Citizens Bank, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Benchmark Title Company, Lafayette Children’s Clinic, Quorum Health Resources, North Central Telephone Cooperative, Air Evac Lifeteam, Macon County Times, Macon Bank and Trust, Knollwood Manor, Tri-County Electric, Farm Bureau, The Palace Care and Rehab, Gallagher, Family Care Center, Upper Mid-Tennesse Rural Health Network, and Championship.

Hosting the events are the Lafayette Rotary and Interact Clubs, the Macon County Health Council, and Macon County General Hospital who have worked hard to make this fitness festival the best ever with money raised going to our local education program.

Drawings for prizes will take place around 11 a.m.