Fitness festival to promote healthy living

The Tallahassee Fitness Festival will be held at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Saturday when patrons will have access to all things health-related.

Felina Martin, the festival’s producer, offered expectations and developments during a press conference for the event.

“I’m really excited about everyone that’s on board with us,” Martin said. “This festival will have several new features.”

From screenings and dance classes to cooking demonstrations and chiropractors, the event will feature a wide range of vendors and activities.

Premier Gym will offer free personal training sessions on equipment hauled in from its gym and InTents Events will provide a hydration station.

Kathy LaMontagne, an InTents Events representative, explained what will be offered at the event.

“There will be dance classes, Zumba classes and they’re playing tug-of-war,” LaMontagne said. “We are responsible for hydration and relaxation. Participants come in our tents and relax and rehydrate so that they can safely enjoy the rest of the event.”

Aphoto campaign will feature local county commissioners – Scott Maddox, Kristin Dozier, Andrew Gillum, Nick Maddox and Bryan Desloge – performing their favorite workouts. This will aid in publicizing the festival, Martin said.   

Local universities are also helping to make this event a success.

Students at Florida State University and Florida A&M will be offering their services to the event’s participants.

“FSU’s School of Nursing will be providing blood pressure checks and checking patron’s BMI (body mass index),” Martin said. “FAMU’s physical therapy students will serve as event volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to put on this event without the help of these students.”  

A Zumbathon will end the full schedule of events with a kickoff and warmup with the mayor’s wife, Jane Marks.

For two hours, people of all ages will partake in a Zumba marathon taught by local instructors.

“The last man, woman or child standing will win a prize package,” Martin said.

The FIT Awards sponsor and business owner, Glenda Cato, looks forward to the event and said she loves the enthusiasm and energy.

“We got good exposure and just enjoyed getting involved in the community,” Cato said. “We look forward to coming back.”

The festival will begin at 9 a.m. General admission tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 11 and younger.