Fitness day gets Montevallo moving

Published 12:04 pm Monday, May 7, 2012

Attendees participate in a chair yoga class in Orr Park during Montevallo's Family Fun and Fitness Day April 29. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)


MONTEVALLO – Montevallo’s Orr Park teemed with physical fitness and activity April 29 during the fourth annual Family Fun and Fitness Day.

Twenty-two vendors and non-profit organizations held booths and demonstrations for the almost 800 attendees looking to get moving.

The event began four years ago with the Get Moving Montevallo initiative, said Carolyn Miller-Kirby of the University of Montevallo’s Department of Kinesiology.

The second year featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the parks trail, and the third year focused on family activity.

This year, the day’s schedule featured a fencing demonstration, a rock-climbing wall, a four-mile hike, Zumba, tai chi and more.

Miller-Kirby said she met with physical education teachers from the elementary and middle schools to ask students to record the mileage they’ve run over the past months. The students recorded enough mileage to equal a half marathon, but saved the last mile of the run for the Family Fun and Fitness Day.

“They’ll finish their last mile today and get their medals,” she said.

Vallocycle, the city’s bike-share program, offered a variety of bikes for attendees to rent, and the event had a sustainability component.

“We want to show that physical activity is fun, a wholesome family affair,” Miller-Kirby said.