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Fit City Field Day in the Park

Join community members for a free workout at Swift-Cantrell Park.

Need that extra push to get into a steady exercise routine?

The City of Kennesaw and Big Peach Running Company are holding a free Fit City Field Day on Saturday at featuring 45-minute sample classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community members are invited to stop by the park to try out the Yoga, Zumba, Cross Fit or ClubJam exercise programs.

The Field Day is part of the community's larger , which aims to make Kennesaw the most active city around. City Council member and Fit City organizer Cris Eaton-Welsh said 600 people showed up to the in February, which is double the number that was expected.

Eaton-Welsh said the initiative has gotten off to a great start, having connected community members through fitness. Coming up, the Kennesaw Grand Prix series of 5k races kicks off with the on May 12.

Eaton-Welsh said the city's road races encourage community fitness without burdening city tax payers. "Not only do the road races make money, we actually pay a $2000 fee associated with any labor," she said.

Eaton-Welsh, who is an active runner, suggested the following training regiment in preparing for a 5k race. "Run for 30 seconds, walk for four and a half minutes. Run for one minute, walk for four minutes," she said. "Incrementally, then you reach that threshold."

Other Fit City plans are in the works due to connections with a number of community partners, including the Atlanta Hawks, the Lt. Governor's Office and more, she said.

To learn more about the Fit City initiative and to track your own fitness goals, visit fitcitykennesaw.com and "like" the Fit City Facebook page.

Fit City Field Day, Saturday, March 24

10 to 10:45 a.m. Yoga. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.
11 to 11:45 a.m. Zumba.
12 to 12:45 p.m. CrossFit.
1 to 1:45 p.m. Club Jam.
1 to 1:45 p.m. Youth Agility. For kids only.

Participants are asked to dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Drinks and healthy snacks will also be available for purchase.

Cris Eaton Welsh March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Bring a friend or a neighbor, having someone to hold you accountable greatly increases your rate of success when trying to make a lifestyle change! I am so grateful for our amazing community partners and volunteers who have put this event together! Gaetana... i am holding you accountable... looking forward to seeing you out there!
Donna Espy-Rypel March 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I'll be there to check out the Zumba, Cris...sounds like fun...thanks for organizing!
Joe Bozeman March 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Chris, Donna, and Gatana, I hope all went well at the park today. Bill Harris and I want to volunteer as Zumba instructors, whatever that is.
Cris Eaton Welsh March 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It was amazing . Thank you to all our instructors, Big Peach, Farmers Market Baskets, Woodstock Health and NC Jr ROTC

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