Put on a pair of jogging shorts, lace up your favorite tennis shoes and head on out to the 25th annual Makin’ Macon Fit Family Fitness Festival on Saturday, September 8th, at Macon County Junior High School with festivities to kick off at 7 a.m.
This event is supported completely by local volunteers, primarily from the Lafayette Rotary, Interact Clubs, the Macon County Health Council, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Macon County Community Hospital, and UT Extension, and is designed to benefit Macon County Schools, teachers, scholarships and community programs.
Singing of the National Anthem will take place at 7:15 a.m. Fitness events will then begin at 7:30 a.m. including the 5K Race, sponsored by Macon County Schools, and the 3 Mile Walk, sponsored by Citizens Bank.
“We are proud to have Macon County Schools as our 5K sponsor again this year,” said event coordinator Stacey Brawner. “This is the perfect race for the new runner. We have awards for overall male and female winners, plus awards in ten age categories. Citizens Bank 3-mile walk takes place at the same time as the run, and is held on the same course.”
At 8 a.m., participants will begin the 1-Mile Walk, sponsored by Macon Bank & Trust and the 10-Mile Bike Tour, sponsored by Knollwood Manor & The White House.
Children can also participate in the 10-Mile bike tour, but a parent or guardian is required to ride with them if they are under the age of 12. Bike helmets are required.
Stacy says young children will enjoy the kids events, which include the bike rodeo (helmet required), sponsored by Lafayette Children’s Clinic, obstacle course, sponsored by Macon County Coordinated School Health, and fun run, sponsored by Macon County Schools.
“There will be games and inflatable bouncy tents, sponsored by NCTC” said Brawner, “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 a.m. and you must be present to win.”
The cost to participate in each event is as follows: 5K Race - $20 for those pre-registered (by Aug. 31), $25 otherwise; 3-Mile Walk & 10-Mile Bike Tour - $10 pre-registered, $12 otherwise; 1-Mile Walk & Kids Events - $8 for those pre-registered, $10 otherwise.
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.
Booths will also be set up under a tent in a central location, where healthy snacks and plenty of fruits and drinks will be available.
“I’d like to encourage everyone to come out and participate in this event,” said Macon County General Hospital Administrator Thomas Kidd. “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, The White House Assisted Living, Benchmark Title Company, North Central Telephone Cooperative, Quorum Health Resources, Knollwood Manor, the Macon County Chronicle, Tri-County Electric, Gallagher Insurance, Farm Bureau, the Family Care Center, Championship Trophies, Comprehensive Rehab, Crichton Group, Macon County Schools, Hope Family Clinic, Upper Mid-Tennessee Rural Health Network, Macon Iron Fitness, Modern Structures LLC., the Tennessee Dept. of Health, Macon County Community Hospital, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Cobb Vantress, Air Evac Lifeteam, Macon County Health Department, Put It in Print, Healthier Tennessee and Lafayette Children’s Clinic.
“We’d really like to thank our sponsors and hosts,” Brawner and Kidd 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 Community Hospital. Runners and bike riders may register online at active.com. Participants are urged to register before Aug. 31 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,” said Brawner.