Three to four times a week, for the past 6 months, I’ve been hitting the road; just me, my running shoes and my iPod. Running has kick started a lifestyle change and helped me get back in shape. And it has all been to prepare for the 5th annual Fort4Fitness event, which will take place on September 28 and 29.
Five years ago, a group of volunteers organized the first Fort4Fitness to encourage residents of our city to enhance their lifestyles through healthy activities. Five years later, the event has grown to include a health festival, half marathon, 10k walk/run, 4 mile run/walk, kids marathon and senior marathon. Tens of thousands of people will descend upon downtown Fort Wayne to participate. And many have been training and preparing for months.
If you aren’t a runner, don’t worry. There’s something for everyone at this year’s Fort 4 Fitness. The Fort4Fitness Festival Expo will be held at Parkview Field on September 28. It is open to the general public and features both local and national exhibitors who are there to provide attendees with information on health, wellness and exercise.
All running events will take place on Saturday, September 29, and there’s exciting news for this year’s Half Marathon. It has been selected as this year’s Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Central Regional Championship Race. The race starts in front of Baker Street Station in downtown Fort Wayne, and concludes at home plate of Parkview Field. The USATF/RRTC certified course takes racers through historic Fort Wayne neighborhoods, Foster Park, and past landmark churches.
The 10k walk/run is a 6.2 mile course and shares the same start and finish and parts of the scenic route as the Half Marathon. The 4 Mile Run/Walk is perfect for people taking their first steps toward a healthier lifestyle. It is long enough to be challenging but short enough to be done with moderate training, and shares the same start, stadium finish and portions of the scenic Half Marathon course.
The Kids and Senior marathons began in June and will finish with a 1.2 mile run/walk on Saturday morning.
Registration is closed for this year’s event, but you can still come out and cheer on the participants. Of course, it’s never too early to start training for next year! For more information, visit. www.fort4fitness.org.
And, check out this video overview of the Fort4Fitness course – filmed by my Insider colleague, Carrie: