Register staff report
The 5th-annual Second Sunday celebration is scheduled Saturday through Sunday, for a weekend full of fun events to encourage physical activity.
Second Sunday started in 2008 as part of a statewide effort to encourage physical activity in a state that has one of the most physically inactive populations in the nation, said Gina Noe of the Madison County Cooperative Extension office, which organizes the annual event.
“Research shows that most Americans do not participate in a regular exercise routine because they have not found a fitness option they enjoy,” she said. Second Sunday was created to showcase a variety of fun, interesting and exciting physical activity options.
The weekend's events begin Saturday at 10 a.m., with a free Blue Grass Army Depot walk at Lake Buck Nature Trail to learn about the history of the Battle of Richmond. For details contact Kathy Washington at 779-6403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Depot is the Rally for the Cure Golf Scramble. The cost for this event is $35 and includes lunch. All participants will receive a prize. For details call 779-6622.
Sunday's activities will begin at 6:45 a.m. with the first-ever Pink Boa 5K Run/Walk at the Depot. Participants are encourage to wear their best pink attire and boa. Donations will be accepted for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
For details contact Sarah Drinkard at 779-7333 or email sarah.i.drinkard.naf
Second Sunday’s traditional activities are scheduled Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at Battlefield Memorial Park.
The “Lace-up” Kickoff will begin at 2 p.m. with Second Sunday spokesperson Neil Burns, a Richmond native who has combined physical activity and healthy food choices to lose more than 390 pounds in 29 months.
Burns will kickoff the event with a Zumba demonstration. Event-goers will have the opportunity to talk with Burns, who is beginning an eight-week weight loss and fitness program Oct. 22.
“Neil is an inspiration to everyone who has ever tried to lose weight,” Noe said.
Participants may enjoy running, walking, skating or biking the park's five miles of paved trails and streets in the Battlefield subdivision. Bikers may bring their own bikes or borrow one for the day from Mike's Hike and Bike at the event.
Zumba, Jazzercise, Yoga and other group exercise options will be demonstrated by the Telford YMCA, Richmond Athletic Club and Elite Martial Arts.
Berea College students have organized “Minute to Win it” games for children and they will be giving away Second Sunday beach balls.
A $250 Meijer gift card will be awarded to the Madison County elementary school with the most students in attendance, to be used for physical activity programs at the winning school.
Interactive information booths will be set up by local agencies and businesses dealing with health and wellness.
Healthy snacks will be provided by the Madison County Extension Homemakers and bottles of water will be given out by the Kentucky Riverkeepers and the Madison County Conservation District.
A Baby Buggy Parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be followed by a tricycle parade.
Parents are encouraged to decorate their buggies and tricycles for the parades.
For details, call 623-4072 or visit the Extension Office website at ces.ca.uky.edu/Madison and click on the Second Sunday link.