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WINTER EDITION 2016 - 2017


Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival

This publication has some of the many health and wellness events here in Middle Georgia (some outside area). Please send events to to be considered for promotion. Please note to continue to support your regular wellness programming. The Middle Georgia Fitness Guide will be available soon to help you on your fitness journey.

DEC 1 –2, 2016

Open House and Mingle Date: December 2, 2016

Day: First Friday Time: 5 pm—6 pm Location: 555 Poplar Street

The Diabetes Lifestyle Expo is a One Day event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 open to the public for the first time ever in order to engage both medical experts and the Greater Atlanta community in the discussion of preventing diabetes and its complications. Attendees will experience educational presentations, interactive vendor booths, fun physical activities and so much more! Also, hear from Celebrity Guest Speaker, Jay Hewitt - an elite Ironman triathlete and only person with Type 1 diabetes to race for the U.S. National Triathlon Team! We are excited to share vital resources and education with those who need it most. We invite you to be a part of this historic and valuable day! OUR MISSION: To prevent diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE EXPO? Finding people who is interested in improving different aspects of their health, as well as preventing or managing diabetes, and equipping them with the tools they need to do so. WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE EXPO? Anybody who is interested in: • Diabetes Information • Health screenings • Fitness • Healthy Living and Healthcare Products • Compassionate communication • Nutrition • Family friendly health education • Gift Items and Premiums ….and much more

Reindeer Run 5K, 10K, & Fun Run Macon, 8:30 AM This annual Christmas downtown tradition will be held at Tattnall Square Park. The race benefits the Children’s Hospital. Part of the Macon Tracks OrthoGeorgia Race Series.

Last year was one for the books and this year we're looking forward to having you all with us again...and your friends. WODs are posted, registration is live and will remain open until Nov. 23. We will be enforcing the registration dates to give us plenty of time to plan for everyone, so please be sure to register as soon as possible. If you have any questions please don't hesistate to contact us!

Follow the link on our website to register! Saturday, December 3, 2016: Individuals - Scaled, RX and Masters Sunday, December 4, 2016: Teams - Scaled, RX, Masters Teams are 2 person Coed (1M/1F)

December 3, 2016 Salute to our Troops 5K Milledgeville, 9:00 AM This race, organized by the Charity Benevolent Fund, will be held at the Oconee River Greenway. Proceeds will be used to provide financial assistance to men and women in the armed services. Register here

Closed event for Biggest Loser participants. Official Weigh in on December 10, 2016

FIT TV Trainers, coaches and wellness advocates! Come and film your fitness well wishes for FIT TV!!! Date: December 10, 2016 Time: 2 pm - 4 pm Location: 555 Poplar Street

Langston Road Jingle Jog 5K

Perry, 9:00 AM - December 10, 2016 This race will be held at Langston Road Elementary School. Proceeds will go toward enhancing technology in the classrooms as well as purchasing books for classrooms and playground equipment for students.

This race will be held at Langston Road Elementary School. Proceeds will go toward enhancing technology in the classrooms as well as purchasing books for classrooms and playground equipment for students.

Hey! Our youth Christmas gathering will be at the Centreplex to cheer on our Macon Mayhem! We will meet at the Centreplex at 7. Tickets are $16 unless you have 30 or more points total from Oct. 1st to Dec. 10th. If you have made the points goal, the church will pay for your ticket. Bring spending money for food/ souvenirs if you want them. If you need any info, just contact Clint Fields. Thanks!!

December 10th!!

Alana "Bug" Land Memorial 5K & Memory Walk December 17, 2016 Gray, 8:30 AM Fees

5K Memory Walk

Through December 12

Race Day $30




This 4th annual race is in memory of Alana Land, a cross country runner who was killed in a car accident on Oct. 20, 2013. The race will take place at Jones County High School. All proceeds from this year’s race will go towards building the Jones County playground for disabled children.

For More Information For more information, please contact Thomas Goss at

Ultigift is a charity hat tournament supporting the mission of Toys for Tots. It's a one day coed tournament. Cost is $10 and one new, unwrapped toy. Please register online with the link below. Please come out, have some fun, and help some kids have a Merry Christmas!!

Patriot Park in Evans Georgia

December 17, 2016

Winter Harvest 5K Gray, 9:00 AM—December 24, 2016 This race is organized by the Charity Benevolent Fund to provide coats, blankets, and clothing to those in need.

Charity Benevolent Fund Annual Winter Harvest Coat Drive & 5k Run/Walk will be held @ the Carol's Park Parking Lot. Gray, GA on December 24 from 8 am to 11 am. This benefit will collect coats, socks, and blankets for people in need in Middle Georgia. Check in starts @ 8 am with the 5k starting at 9:00am with adward presentation starting at 10:15 am. Register online at - click on register for 5k link. Mail registrations can be mailed to Charity Benevolent Fund P.O.Box 1014 Gray,GA 31032. Made payable to Charity Benevolent Fund. Down load Registration Form at Register by December 10 to guarantee your t-shirt or while supplies last on race day A no t-shirt option $20. Sponsorships and Vendor Opportunities are available. Contact Information Larry Manuel email:, phone:(478) 986-4908, Webmail http://

Post your workout and favorite inspirational quote to the Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival FaceBook page to be put in a raffle to win the new Fitbit!!!

Sunday January 8, 2017—Its free if you are a registered member. Members Only! This is a GUTS event and is free, but is only open to current GUTS members. Please register to become a member FIRST before signing up for this free event.

Event starts at 8:00am

Course The course is 6 loops, on the white trails (counter-clockwise/down Jack's and up the stairs). All trail, with a few hills. Start/Finish will be at the Group Shelter. Hot food will be available at the finish. So, come join us for this fun, astronomically low-key run! Burn off those holiday pounds and run more than anyone has the right to enjoy! You have nothing to lose except those holiday pounds and run more than anyone has the right to enjoy! CUTOFF: Runners must start the final loop by 3:00 PM.

FatAss Crockpot Chili Contest! Bring your best chili and vie for a special GUTS prize! Please bring the chili in a crockpot because we don't have enough burners on the stove for everyone. GUTS will provide the bowls and utensils as well some yummy chili toppings. Each runner will be given a ballot to vote for their favorite chili and the winner will receive a special award.

New Year's Mindfulness Retreat: Being Present in the New Year January 13, 2017

Do you feel as if your year passes by in a blur? Would you like to practice being more present and centered during 2017? Come join Dena and Jason for this two -day retreat designed to give you tools to help you be present in each moment. We will have periods of practicing multiple mindfulness meditations and times for discussion of these practices. The hope is to not set a resolution for the new year, but an intention that will lightly and graciously guide your year, viewing each day as a gift.

Facilitators: Dena Douglas Hobbs and Jason Hobbs Dates: Friday, January 13 through Saturday, Januar y 14, 2017. Schedule: We w ill begin gathering at 6:00PM on Saturday, w ith an official start at 6:30PM. The evening meeting will last until 8:00PM. We will gather again the next morning at 8:30AM, starting our practice at 9:00AM. We will have multiple periods of practice, discussion, and eating together with the retreat ending at 1:30PM. Food: There w ill be snacks and a light breakfast offered during the gathering times. There will be a lunch included on Saturday. If there are dietary considerations, please let us know ahead of time. Location: The Saint Francis Arts Center is located on the campus of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Macon. Materials: All materials w ill be provided although you are w elcome to bring a notebook if you like. Registration: You are w elcome to register through Eventbrite, although you w ill be charged their fee. If you wish to pay by check, please contact Jason or Dena first to ensure that space is still available.

Museum of Aviation Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

Robins AFB, 8:00 AM - January 14, 2016 This 21st annual race is organized by the Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Robins Pacers. The marathon and half marathon courses are USATF certified and the races are chip timed. Get a group of 10 to register together and everyone gets $3 off. Part of the Macon Tracks OrthoGeorgia Race Series and the Run & See Georgia Grand Prix.

ML (5) K Race Amerson Park Contact Bob Fickling for more information

Created by 4x Death Race Finisher, Matthew Waller and Spartan SGX Certified Coach Tanya Bickham, to test your abilities to excel in agility, strength, and mental fortitude. The Gauntlet Sergeant will have athletes participating in running/rucking miles of wooded trails, carrying heavy, sometimes awkward objects, competing in time trials, and often times participating in group activities where teamwork is a necessity. Athletes who finish The Gauntlet Sergeant will have been tested physically, mentally and spiritually for a fraction of the time a Guantlet Endurance Racer endures.

January 20, 2017.. Like them on Facebook for more information

Go for Red 5K Macon, 9:30 AM - January 28, 2016 This race to raise awareness of heart disease is organized by the Charity Benevolent Fund. It will be held at the Ocmulgee National Monument. Race proceeds will be used to provide free health screenings in the community. Please check with them on Facebook for updates

Cantrell Center Run to Lose 5K & Fun Run Warner Robins, 8:30 AM—February 25, 2017 This 9th annual race is sponsored by the Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. There will be chip timing and the course is USATF certified. There are cash prizes for the top 3 overall and 1st master winners. It’s a Run and See Georgia Grand Prix race and also part of the Macon Tracks OrthoGeorgia Race Series. From the race organizers: Never done a 5K before? No problem!! The heart of our run/walk event is for the first-timer. Our target audience is those who would never dream of participating in a 5K. Why? Because we want to see the Cantrell Center Run to Lose 5K & Fun Run used as starting point to beginning a healthier lifestyle. Already done a 5K? Great! Join us again this year. Nothing motivates first-timers more than seeing the example you set. Walk or Run, but GET MOVING, Middle Georgia!!

inSUPire Retreat - March 10—12, 2017

Join us for the inSUPire retreat on the shores of beautiful Lake Sinclair. 7 types of mindfulness, 5 types of yoga (including Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) yoga - weather permitting), healthful food, personal growth and meaningful connections. Relax. Renew. Live inSUPired.

Lake Sinclair 221 Bluegill Rd Eatonton, GA 31024

Cherry Blossom Road Race 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Macon, 9:00 AM—March 18, 2017 Held during the Cherry Blossom Festival, this race is organized by Macon Tracks member Tom Adrien to benefit Wesley Glen Ministries, an organization that serves adults with mental disabilities. The course will start at Howard Middle School and will be an out-and-back among the horse farms and estates along Rivoli Drive. There will be inflatables, face painting, sno cones, and other fun stuff for the kids. The race is part of the Macon Tracks OrthoGeorgia Race Series, and the Run & See Georgia Grand Prix.

8th Annual Central Georgia's Strongest Man Contest! Saturday March 18th 2017 USS GA State Chairmen and National Champion couple, Greg and Nicole Fields, are hosting another competitor and family friendly contest in Macon, GA. There will be 5 events: Log Press: Log Clean and press for reps. clean each rep. 60 second time limit - Belts, elbow/wrist sleeves, grip shirts and wrist wraps allowed Car Dead Lift: Men and women will lift same small vehicle. Weight and height will be adjusted for different classes.Vehicle, height and weight for classes TBD. Tire Flip: 60 second time limit. 10 flips Farmers/Sandbag Medley: Farmers/Sandbag medley. 90 second time limit. Framers and sandbag start at same end. Carry farmers 50ft., then run back to start pickup sandbag and carry 50ft., then carry farmers 50ft back to the start. Atlas Stones: 60 second time limit – 48 inch platform –Tacky, belts, knee/elbow sleeves and supportive shorts allowed

The Home Depot 4635 Presidential Parkway Macon, GA 31206

Earth Day 2017 More information coming—Georgia Wellness and Fitness Festival is bringing fitness to Earth Day

The Georgia Trail Summit is back for the fourth year. Join us April 20, 21 and 22 in Columbus. Be there. The longest urban whitewater course in the world. Biking, walking and heritage trails. All right downtown. Our theme is PLAN. FUND. BUILD. MANAGE. Enjoy an intensive three-day experience to learn how to make trails happen. Half day of sessions on Thursday. A full day of sessions on Friday. And a half day of mobile workshops Saturday. Relevant presentations. Mobile workshops. Networking parties. And more. All sponsorships include free registrations. AICP CM credits available. The Georgia Trail Summit is open to everyone - trail builders, users, policy makers, planners, advocates, designers, nonprofits, conservationists, paddlers, hikers and urban walkers, cyclists, equestrians and park managers. Summit headquarters is the beautiful Columbus Trade and Convention Center. Details to come on speakers and workshops.

2017 SPONSORS: Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land, Bob's Trails,Trees and Gardens, Alta Planning + Design and more to come. Thank you for using Eventbrite which helps keep costs low. Ticket sales will begin January 1, 2017. See you at the trailhead!

Plus Size Wellness welcomes you to participate in the Plus Size Wellness Expo which will be taking place in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia next summer. This is the first annual Plus Size Wellness Expo and we are excited to present this experience to you. The Plus Size, Curvy, BBW/BBW community has been a community that have been overlooked for so long. However, now we are setting our own path and paving paths in the areas of fashion, beauty, fitness and wellness. Plus Size Wellness is about “nurturing our curves wholistically� that means we embrace our body and we love and nurture her. But, not just the physically body, we nurture our mind and soul as well. We will have a host of dynamic presenters and exhibitors. Including a healers pavillions where you can receive massage, alignments and health screenings. You don't want to miss this one of a kind event! If you are interested in being a presenter or exhibitor email or call/ text 404.809.6844

Fit News Winter 2016/2017  

Fit News is your source for health and wellness events in and around Central Georgia!!

Fit News Winter 2016/2017  

Fit News is your source for health and wellness events in and around Central Georgia!!