Macon County Chronicle

15th Annual Makin' Macon Fit Family Fitness Festival Saturday, Sept. 6

The 15th Annual Makin’ Macon Fit Family Fitness Festival is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, September 6, at Macon County Junior High School.

The event, which is supported completely by local volunteers, benefits Macon County Schools and teachers by raising money to donate to the local education program and offers both children and adults a variety of physical and fun events to participate in.

This year’s events include the Nestle Waters 5K race, the Citizens Bank 3-mile walk, the Knollwood 10-mile Bike Tour, the North Central Telephone 33-mile Bike Tour, the Coordinated School Health Events for the Challenged and the Lafayette Children’s Clinic Kid’s Events.

Kids events this year begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include a Fun Run, Obstacle Course and Jr. Bike Rodeo. The rodeo requires a bike and a helmet and the Fun Run, which begins at 10 a.m., will end with the awarding of trophies to the fastest boy and girl in each grade K-8. Young children will also enjoy playing games on inflatable bouncy tents.

For adults, this year’s 5K race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., will end with an overall male and female winner and two awards in ten age categories. The 3-mile walk will take place at the same time as the run and will be held on the same closed course.

Biking events this year, which begin at 8 a.m., require that all participants wear a helmet and riders in the 10-mile tour must be at least 12 years old or have an adult guardian accompanying them. Participants in the 33-mile tour must be at least 16 years old to ride without a guardian.

Events for the Challenged kick off at 10 a.m.

Sponsors of the festival will also be on-site with door prizes and each pre-registered participant will receive the annually-coveted, Makin’ Macon Fit t-shirt. Door prizes will be given away at approximately 11 a.m. and fruit and drinks will also be available for the duration of the festival.

Six bicycles will also be given away this year at 11 a.m. in a drawing of registration forms. Winners must be present at the time of the bicycle drawing.

Hoping for a large amount of school participation, the school with the most participants in this year’s festival will be awarded $500, with the second place school receiving $300. The teacher with the most students participating will receive $200 for their classroom.
A scholarship is also given out each year to a graduating senior with dreams of entering the healthcare field or someone hoping to further their education in a healthcare setting.

Registration forms for the festival are located online at North Central Telephone, Macon County General Hospital or any local branch of Citizens Bank, Macon Bank & Trust or GreenBank. (All Macon County students will also be receiving a registration form to take home.)

Participants are asked to turn in their registration forms by submitting them to any local branch of Citizens Bank, GreenBank and Macon Bank & Trust, turning them into teachers, or mailing them to:

Debbie Mason
P.O. Box 10
Lafayette, TN 37083

If registration forms are turned in by September 1st, entry prices are as follows: 5K Race - $20, 3-Mile Walk - $6, 10-Mile Bike Tour - $6, 33-Mile Bike Tour - $20, Kid’s Events - $6 and Events for Challenged - $6.

After September 1st, entry prices will increase as follows: 5K Race - $25, 3-Mile Walk - $8, 10-Mile Bike Tour - $8, 33-Mike Bike Tour - $25, Kid’s Events - $8 and Events for Challenged - $8.

Hosts of this year’s festival are the Lafayette Rotary and Interact Clubs, the Macon County Health Council and Macon County General Hospital. Sponsors include Nestle Waters, Citizens Bank, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Benchmark Title Company, Lafayette Children’s Clinic, Quorom Health Resources, North Central Telephone Cooperative, Air Evac LifeTeam, University Medical Center, Macon Bank & Trust, Knollwood Manor, Tri-County Electric, Farm Bureau Insurance, The Palace Care & Rehab, Sumner Regional Health Systems Inc., GreenBank, Gallagher and the Upper Mid-Tennessee Rural Health Network.

For further questions regarding the 2008 Makin’ Macon Fit Family Fitness Festival, please contact Stacey Brawner at (615) 666-7126 or Shelia Shrum at (615) 666-2151.

For a list of last year’s winners, visit