Annual Fit Fest Set for Sept. 9 at Ritter Park

8/9/2012 / Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The 4th Annual Fit Fest will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Ritter Park.

The event is designed to promote healthy lifestyles and serve as a fundraiser for the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH). The trail is a bicycle and pedestrian trail system that, when complete, would travel through most of Huntington. PATH is named after Dr. Paul Ambrose, who was a physician killed in the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attack that crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

The event includes activities such as a 5K run/walk, 10k run; free Kids' Dashes, 1 mile fun run, healthy exhibits and demonstrations.

Early registration is $25 for the 10k run and $15 for the 5k run/walk and must be submitted by Monday, Aug. 13. Those who register by Monday get a T-shirt. Entries received by Monday, Sept. 3, are $30 for the 10k and $20 for the 5k. Day of event registration is $35 for the 10k and $25 for the 5k.

The schedule of events is: 1:30 p.m. event opens; 2:15 p.m. free kids dashes (2-12); 2:45 p.m. 800 meter fun run; 3 p.m. 1600 meter fun run; 3:30 p.m. opening ceremony; and 4:15 p.m. 5k run/walk and 10k run.

Fit Fest has partnered with other organizations to help with training for the event. The Marshall University Recreation Center is providing adult and kids' 5k running classes each week until Fit Fest.

The HIT Center is providing a Marathon class for children grades first through eighth, which encourages participants to run 25 miles prior to Fit Fest. Participants will attend Fit Fest where they will complete the final mile of their 26 mile marathon run. There are over 40 participants in the program.

Online and paper registration is available at paulambrosetrail.org or www.tristateracer.com.