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People of all ages and athletic abilities are invited to attend the free Health and Fitness Expo during the Mill Race Marathon festivities.
The expo, sponsored by Columbus Regional Health, is Sept. 26-27 at The Commons.
Participants can check out the latest running shoes and bicycles, listen to a motivational speaker or gather health information to chart a new, fit lifestyle. And that’s just for starters.
Local, regional and national vendors will set up more than 20 booths on two floors of the downtown community center at Washington Street between Third and and Fourth streets. Hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27.
If you go
WHEN: 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27
WHERE: The Commons, on Washington Street between Third and Fourth streets.
WHAT: Health and Fitness Expo with vendors, information booths, speakers, activities and information packet pickup for Mill Race Marathon participants.
WHO: Children and adults, regardless of whether they are signed up for marathon events.
COST: Entry and speakers are free. Items available to purchase.
PRIZE GIVEAWAYS: Vendors will give away prizes Sept. 26 as an incentive to encourage local residents to visit early to alleviate larger crowds expected Sept. 27.
SPONSOR: Columbus Regional Health. Supporting sponsors, Cummins Inc. and MainSource Bank.
Christina McCord, a Cummins Inc. employee who has been organizing the expo, said the event will be jam-packed with things to do and see.
A special entryway is being planned near the Chaos sculpture that will set the tone for this event hosted by a city known for its architecture, McCord said.
Immediately to the right after entering, participants can stop to take a photo of their friends or family members near a large photo wall depicting the Second Street Bridge.
A hands-on activity area for children, also on the first floor, is being sponsored by Anthem Insurance.
Although the playground inside The Commons will be open during the expo and during marathon weekend, there will be no direct access from the expo to the playground for security reasons. Separate outside entries will be available for both.
Most of the vendor booths will be on the second floor, including ones selling fitness gear and providing health information.
In the Xenia Miller Conference Room, also upstairs, speakers will cover a range of topics including crosstraining, sports nutrition, triathlons, yoga for runners and jogging with your dog.
“We tried to have a mix of speakers so we would have different topics for people to enjoy,” McCord said.
Viewpoint Books of Columbus will have a table set up to sell books related to running and other health and fitness topics, including ones addressed by the speakers.
One of the speakers, Cummins employee Dave Venable, has written “Boston Bound” about his experience training for and running in the Boston Marathon, which he has completed seven times.
McCord encourages Columbus-area residents to attend the expo Sept. 26 if possible to help alleviate crowding and parking congestion caused by the out-of-town runners visiting the expo Sept. 27. Vendors will offer giveaways Sept. 26 as an added incentive.
Out-of-town visitors attending the expo can find answers about the city, including good places to dine or where to see some of the city’s most notable architecture on this or a subsequent visit.
Runners and walkers in Mill Race Marathon events will pick up their information packets at the expo. They will get T-shirts and parking passes, and be able to make last-minute changes to the event in which they plan to participate. Last-minute runners also can sign up during these times.
Parents who have children running in the Kids Fun Run at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Mill Race Park are encouraged to pick up their packets at the expo Sept. 26 or early in the day Sept. 27.
“This will help cut down on the long lines in the park,” said Tara Hagan, who works with Reach Health Communities, which is helping to coordinate the Fun Run, in which as many as 1,000 kids could take part.
Packet pickups will take place on the second floor of The Commons.
Thursday, Sept. 26
4:30 to 5 p.m.: “Pursuing a Purpose,” Mark Yeaton. This elementary school teacher and bicyclist has completed seven one-day, 160-mile Ride Across Indiana trips and a 3,000-mile transcontinental ride to raise funds for a clean water well to be drilled in Kenya.
5 to 5:30 p.m.: “Pre- and Race-Day Strategies,” Michael Smith. He has coached athletes and triathletes over the past 15 years and has completed the Hawaiian Ironman event three times. He owns the Runners Forum sports stores.
5:30 to 6 p.m.: “Distance Coaching - Motivational,” Rick Weinheimer. He has coached for 36 years, including winning six state championships at Columbus North High School. His teams have won 39 conference championships, and he was inducted into the Indiana Track and Cross-Country Hall of Fame in 2004.
6 to 7 p.m.: “Tri-It-Out Triathletes” panel discussion by Scott Wilson, Ben Weaver and Jim Sheridan. Wilson received the 2013 Dick Lugar Health and Fitness Award in recognition of outstanding contributions in health and fitness awareness and education. In 2012, he participated with a team of bicyclists who rode across the country with the Race Across America challenge. He also is a runner and triathlete. Weaver also participated in the cross-country bike ride with Wilson, competes in Ironman competitions and is a personal trainer and endurance coach. Sheridan just started his 40th year at Columbus North High School as the swim coach. He has coached numerous state championship teams and swimmers.
7 to 7:30 p.m.: “Jog with Your Dog,” Nick Woolls. He has been involved with animal training for 17 years, including dealing with aggressive canine behavior and modifying behavior. He helped co-found the Community Animal Rescue Effort, a local animal-rescue organization. He and his wife, Julie, own Dog World Daycare and Behavior Center in Columbus.
7:30 to 8 p.m.: Overview of the marathon course.
Friday, Sept. 27
Noon to 1 p.m.: Overview of the marathon course.
12:30 to 1 p.m.: “Recovery Techniques after a Race,” Danny Fisher, Brown County. A Tipton Lakes Athletic Club endurance coach and personal trainer, Fisher ran for the University of Southern California and was winner of the Derby Festival Marathon in 2009 in Louisville.
1 to 1:30 p.m.: You Are What You Absorb,” Erik Barber. He is an advocate of dietary supplementation for improved digestive health. Competing as a body builder, Barber won the Far North Queensland regional title at the North Pacific Bodybuilding Championships in Cairns, Australia, in the men’s physique category. Since that experience, he has made it his mission to share his knowledge and experiences in the hopes of helping others attain better health and self-awareness.
1:30 to 2 p.m.: ”Sports Nutrition,” Julie Knight. She is a registered dietitian who has specialized in weight management over the past seven years working with Columbus Regional Hospital’s Bariatric Center. She previously worked as a clinical dietitian in Atlanta.
2 to 2:30 p.m.: ”Kinesthetic Taping,” Jackie Meinders. She spent 10 years as a physical education teacher, coaching multiple sports while earning a master’s degree in exercise science. She changed careers in 1997 to become a physical therapist’s assistant and then a physical therapist. She works now at CRH Rehabilitation Center as the senior aquatic therapist, specializing in sports medicine and aquatic therapy.
2:30 to 3 p.m.: ”Yoga for Runners,” Julie Latimer and Joy Perry. Latimer is a certified Hatha yoga instructor, an aerobic and fitness instructor and involved in the wellness and fitness industry for more than 20 years. She is employed by Columbus Regional Health’s Wellness Program. Perry has been an American College of Sports Medicine certified health and fitness instructor for 20 years and has taught yoga for the past 15 years.
3 to 3:30 p.m.: ”Personal Best,” David Venable. He has completed more than 30 marathons, including seven Boston Marathons. He compiled information about his successful training techniques and lessons learned in his book, “Boston Bound.”
3:30 to 4 p.m.: “Crosstraining,” Ian McGriff. He is head trainer and director at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club in Columbus. A 2006 Wabash College graduate, he works to inspire the community to have a more active lifestyle through fresh ideas and programming.
4 to 5 p.m. —”Overcoming Obstacles,” panel discussion by Shayla Holtkamp, Sam Hires and Terry Molewyk. Holtkamp has been a fitness professional for more than 30 years. She has completed five marathons and more than 20 half-marathons. She is a breast cancer survivor and lost her 14-year-old daughter, Jolie, to meningitis in 1998. Hires, a retired Cummins officer and avid marathon runner and Ironman competitor, developed cardiac atrial fibrillation in 2002, which eventually halted all of his physical activities. After a corrective heart procedure in 2005, he is back to racing. Molewyk, a longtime Cummins employee, competed in many triathalons and running and bicycle races but was involved in a serious automobile wreck in 2000 that required 15 surgeries to repair damage to his legs. He still does some competitive racing.
5 to 5:30 p.m.: Overview of the marathon courses.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: “Performance Anxiety,” Jack and Tatiana Raglin. He is a professor in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University in Bloomington and has published extensively on sport psychology topics, including anxiety and sport performance, overtraining and cognitive strategies. She is a triathlete who has competed in many races from Columbus to the 2010 World Championship in Budapest. She is a faculty member at the IU Kelley School of Business.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: “Staging a High-Profile Marathon,” Phillip L. Henson. He served as the director of competition for athletics at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was responsible for directing 44 medal events in track and field, race walking and two marathons.
7:30 to 8 p.m.: “God Fit” by John Hayden. He is corporate wellness director at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club in Columbus. He received his degree in exercise science from Anderson University and has worked in the field of wellness and sports performance for the past six years. He developed Godfit, a six-week program designed to bridge the gap between spiritual and physical wellness. He is a member of Terrace Lake Community Church.
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