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Ritter Park to host Sunday's Fit Fest

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The 5th annual Fit Fest will start at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ritter Park in Huntington.

The event is aimed at creating a healthier community by encouraging healthy lifestyles. It also benefits the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, otherwise known as PATH.

The event will include a 5K Run and Walk as well as a 10K run and youth activities.

Fit Fest 2013 will include a designated area for free children's activities called the Hoops Family Children's Hospital Fit Zone, which will include paint therapy, inflatable play equipment, a climbing wall, obstacle course, face painting, jump rope activities, hula-hooping and much more.

Children between the ages of 2 and 13 will have the opportunity to participate in dashes and fun runs during the event. Kids' dashes of 25-, 50- and 100-yards will begin at 2:15 p.m., and one-mile and half-mile fun runs will begin at 2:45 p.m. Event day registration will be available.

The PATH is a growing bicycle and pedestrian trail system providing free, healthy recreational opportunities for the City of Huntington and surrounding areas.

The trail is named after Dr. Paul Ambrose, who was a physician killed in the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attack that crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

Ambrose focused his medical career on family health and using preventative medicine to fight obesity, and the trail system serves as a way to continue his medical legacy and impact on the health of Huntington.

For more information about Fit Fest 2013, visit www.FitFest.org or contact Bethany Williams by calling 304-521-2759 or email bwilliams@njrati.org.

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