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Memorial Park to hold Fitness Fair

November 27, 2018

Memorial Park Conservancy’s first Fitness Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kelly McCann, Memorial Park’s visitors service supervisor, notes that the Fitness Fair is part of a broader strategy to improve fitness opportunities in the park.

“Programming is going to be a priority now and in the future,” McCann said. “We want to bring in more opportunities for both existing park and new park users to learn about the resources they have in the park.”

McCann continued, “We know that Memorial Park is the home of running in Houston. The event will be outside on the lawn in front of the tennis center, which is really where the heart of the runners are.”

According to McCann, there has been an organic approach to creating the Fitness Fair its first year, and they hope to grow the event each year.

Different organizations will be present at the fair, including Houston BCycle, Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA), GirlTrek and Houston Fit.

There will also be free class demonstrations, such as yoga and an injury prevention stretching class, as well as food trucks serving up healthy options.

“Our goal is for them to connect with their next park activities, to find a group to introduce them to what is already going on in the park,” McCann said. “For the vendors, we would love for them to see Memorial Park as a home for fitness… and to access this running community.”

McCann says to also expect little activities and giveaways from each vendor.

The Fitness Fair’s two sponsors are Whole Health Center Houston, a center which practices holistic and integrative medicine and Axis Earth, a newly launched app that aims to connect outdoor enthusiasts with each other.

“Axis Earth’s mission is to unite active people and bridge the divide between the different sporting communities. We want people to get off their phones and get back outside… As a company, presenting this event in Houston allows Axis Earth to support the growth of these communities in our own home city,” Axis Earth creator Jeff Long said.

“We want this to be an annual event. We will see how it goes,” McCann said. “We’d love to bring in kid’s options. We haven’t really tapped into our full potential yet.”

McCann continued, “We want to keep this going. We have so much improvement going on in the park right now. We are the platform for connecting the community to all these different things. Whether it is Memorial Park leading or not, we want to be the one stop shop for everyone to access everything.”

For more information about the event, and about Memorial Park Conservancy, visit www.memorialparkconservancy.org.

rebecca.hazen@chron.com

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