The 18th annual Makin’ Macon Fit Family Fitness Festival is scheduled to get you moving this Saturday, September 10, at Macon County Junior High School with festivities to kick off at 7:15 a.m.Supported completely by local volunteers, primarily the Macon County Rotary and Interact Clubs, the Macon County Health Council and Macon County General Hospital, the event is designed to benefit Macon County Schools and teachers with funds raised donated directly to our local educational program.
Starting off the day, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver will sing the National Anthem at 7:15 a.m., which will be followed by a moment of silence in honor of 9-11.
Fitness events will then begin at 7:30 a.m. with the 5K Race, sponsored by Nestle Waters, and the 3-Mile Walk, sponsored by Citizens Bank.
At 8 a.m., participants will begin the 1-Mile Walk, an event sponsored by Macon Bank & Trust, the 10-Mile Bike Tour, sponsored by Knollwood Manor, the 33-Mile Bike Tour, sponsored by North Central Telephone or the 66-Mile Bike Tour, sponsored by the Macon County Times.
“The one-mile walk allows those who aren’t physically able to take part in the 3-mile walk, still have an event they can participate in. Senior Citizens may especially be interested in signing up for the one-mile walk,” Makin’ Macon Fit Chairperson Stacey Brawner stated. “Children can also participate in the 10, 33, and 66-Mile Bike Tours, but a parent or guardian is required to ride with them if they are under the age of 12 in the 10-Mile and under the age of 16 in the 33 or 66-Mile Tours.”
Kids events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the Obstacle Course & Bike Rodeo. The Bike Rodeo is open to pre-school through 8th grade students and is sponsored by the Palace Care & Rehab. The Fun Run will follow at 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded this year to the ‘Fastest Boy’ and the ‘Fastest Girl’ in each grade level, who participate in the Fun Run.
“There will be a bouncy tent on site,” said Brawner, “along with a bungee run for children. Kids really enjoy the obstacle course, fun run and the bike rodeo every year! I’d like to remind parents that helmets are required for the bike rodeo and any other bike riding event.”
Special Needs Events, sponsored by Coordinated School Health, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and are open to anyone with a disability.
The cost to participate in each event is as follows: 5K Race, 33-Mile & 66-Mile Bike Tours ($20 for those pre-registered, $25 otherwise), all other events including kids and special needs ($8 for those pre-registered, $10 otherwise). A 50-percent pre-registration fee discount will be given to school groups (i.e. sports teams, clubs) with 10 or more members participating in an event.
From 11-11:30 a.m. at least ten bicycles and helmets, both childrens’ and adults’, will be given away in drawings, door prizes will be awarded and the top two schools with the most support will be announced. The first place school will receive $500 and the second place school will receive $300. The teacher with the most support will also win $200. Bike and door prize winners must be present to collect prizes.
Booths will also be set up under a tent in a central location, where healthy snacks and bottled water, donated by Nestle Waters, will be handed out to participants. Dale Meador, from the ‘Hey Dale’ radio show, and Nurse Margaret will emcee portions of the event and, for the first time ever, those in attendance are invited to watch a Zumba demonstration.
“I’d like to encourage everyone to come out and participate in this event,” said Macon County General Hospital Administrator Dennis Wolford. “This is a great family event that promotes the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and remaining fit. I urge kids to participate. It’s going to be a big day… a fun day for everyone!”
Sponsors for this year’s event include Nestle Waters, Citizens Bank, Macon Bank & Trust, Cobb Vantress, Macon County Coordinated School Health, The White House, Benchmark Title Company, North Central Telephone Cooperative, Quorum Health Resources, Knollwood Manor, the Macon County Chronicle, the Palace Care & Rehab, the Macon County Times, Tri-County Electric, Farm Bureau, the Family Care Center, Championship Trophies, Gallagher Healthcare, Subway, Comprehensive Rehab, Crichton Group and the Upper Mid-Tennessee Rural Health Network.
“We’d really like to thank our sponsors,” Brawner and Wolford added. “Every year, they get behind this event and show their support.”
Pre-registration forms are available at, and may be taken to, any local branch of Citizens Bank or Macon Bank & Trust and can also be picked up at Macon County General Hospital. Runners and bike riders may register online at active.com. Participants are welcome to register the day of the event, and all registered participants will receive this year’s Makin’ Macon Fit t-shirt.