Fall fitness event to return to Macomb Corners Park

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 22, 2015

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After a one-year hiatus, Macomb Township’s Parks and Recreation Department is bringing its Fall Fun and Fitness Fest back to Macomb Corners Park Oct. 3.

The free, all-ages event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the phase two (east side) portion of the park.

“It’s two hours of nonstop fun for everyone,” Recreation Programmer Michelle Duda said. “All of the focus is on fun or fitness.”

One of the event’s highlights will be a vintage baseball game featuring several government leaders from Macomb Township and Macomb County.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Prosecutor Eric Smith, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, township Trustees Dino Bucci and Clifford Freitas, and county Commissioner Joe Sabatini are all scheduled to play in the game.

In conjunction with the park’s Detroit Institute of Arts display along its walking path, there will be a 1-mile fun walk, and anyone who completes the walk will be entered into a raffle for fitness-themed prizes.

“We always encourage people to get out there and walk that mile,” Duda said.

Attendees who complete a fitness-themed scavenger hunt throughout the event will also be entered in a prize raffle.

Free demonstrations will be provided every half-hour in groups for yoga, Zumba and other classes.

The Breakfast Boyz Vintage Car Club will be on hand to display 20 of its vehicles, and a farmers market will also offer pumpkins, gourds and an assortment of fall vegetables.

Pizza will be available to purchase for lunch, but there will also be other free refreshments, and families are allowed to bring their own picnic lunches.

For kids, a 90-foot inflatable obstacle course, along with inflatable T-ball and basketball areas will be available. A fitness zone will also be set up as a boot camp for kids.

The Clinton-Macomb Public Library will host a walk-and-talk for kids along the 1-mile walking path.

“In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles and create community through people, parks and programs, we think this is a great event and opportunity for people to enjoy a free, fun and fitness-filled day at our park,” Duda said.

Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro said the event, which was replaced last year by a 10-year anniversary celebration for the township Recreation Center, typically draws 1,200-1,500 people. A high turnout at the event would cap off a successful summer of outdoor events, he added.

“We actually had a rain-free summer for our events, except for Tons O’ Trucks, so we really had no weather concerns at all,” DiCaro said. “I would say that for the summer events, attendance was as high as it’s been.”

For more information on the event, visit www.gomtpr.org.

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