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Fit Fest 2012 set for Sunday

The Parthenon

Published: Friday, September 7, 2012

Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 00:09

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Courtesy of Emily Hagan

Runners participate in 2011 Fit Fest 5K/10K event on Sept. 11, 2011, in Huntington.

This Sunday hundreds of runners, walkers, children, volunteers and spectators will participate in the 4th annual Fit Fest.

Fit Fest is a community event hosted at Ritter Park in Huntington aimed at creating a healthier community by encouraging healthy lifestyles. The event benefits the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

PATH is named after Marshall alumni Dr. Paul Ambrose, who was a promising young physician whose life ended on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

PATH is a growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system that provides healthy and recreational opportunities for the city of Huntington.

Emily Hagan, marketing programs and project specialist at Rahall Transportation Institute, works to raise money for PATH.

“Fit Fest is our main fundraiser for PATH,” said Hagan. “All the money from Fit Fest goes to the construction and maintenance of the path.”

For every dollar that’s raised, 80% is designated for construction of the path and 20% goes towards maintenance.

The event includes activities such as a 5K run/walk, 10K run, free kids’ dashes, one-mile fun run, healthy exhibits and demonstrations.

 

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