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Registration underway for September's FitFest

Jun. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Registration is now open for the 5th annual FitFest, an annual fundraiser for the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health.

The event will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ritter Park. The event includes activities such as a 5K run/walk, 10k run; free kids' dashes, 1 Mile Fun Run, healthy exhibits and demonstrations. Both routes start inside Ritter Park and head west on North Boulevard. The 5K route turns at the Memorial Arch and proceeds east toward Ritter Park. The 10K course will continue down Memorial Blvd and turn left onto the new section of PATH through Harveytown to Ritter Park trail back to the finish line. This is a flat course with three designated water stops for the 10k and one for the 5K.

Early registration is open through Monday, Aug. 12, for $25 for the 10K Run; $15 for the 5K Run/Walk. Both guarantee a T-shirt. Those who register by Friday, Aug. 30 will pay $30 for the 10K Run and $20 for the 5K Run/Walk. Race day registration is $25 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K Run/Walk.

The first 400 participants to cross the finish line will receive the 2013 Fit Fest commemorative coin. Awards will also be given to the top 25 finishers in both the 5K and 10K.

Sponsorship and volunteers opportunities are available. Event details along with registration and course maps can be found on FitFest.org.

The HIT Center has partnered with Fit Fest to provide a Kids' Summer Marathon Training Program. Participants aged 6-12 will complete a 25 mile training program during the summer months through training at the HIT Center or logging miles individually. Training concludes with the 1 Mile Fun Run at FitFest. The $30 entry fee includes a HIT Center running plan for beginner, intermediate or advanced runners, entry into Fit Fest 2013 Kids 1 Mile Fun Run, a Special "HIT Center Summer Marathon" T-shirt and training sessions at the HIT Center.

Registration can be found online at FitFest.org or by visiting the HIT Center at 2240 5th Ave., Huntington.