Get Fit Expo Targets Newcomers to Healthier Living

(Utica, NY – Feb. 2013) The Utica Roadrunners and the Masonic Care Community of New York will sponsor a free Get Fit Expo on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Care Gym, 2150 Bleecker St., Utica.

Presentations and organizations represented will focus on those interested in developing healthy lifestyles of exercise and nutrition, as well as those already practicing regimens that promote fitness and wellness.

Organizer and Utica Roadrunners’ board member Karl Jones hopes that those who have procrastinated getting in shape or are intimidated by exercise and more active lifestyles will attend.

“We’re especially targeting folks of all ages who’ve put off becoming healthier, whatever their reasons,” Jones said. “We want to provide the impetus to get them motivated and then sustain a smart program of healthy choices and habits.”

Featured will be demonstrations and instructions on racewalking, led by local experts Ed Lee and Bob Nicholson, sessions on “Good Form Running” led by The Sneaker Store, and video gait analysis by Cornell Dartfish. In addition to numerous local road races for runners, a series of subsequent recreational and competitive walking events are being considered through the Utica Roadrunners.

The tentative demo and mini-seminar schedule includes:

11:00-11:45 AM — RaceWalking Instruction with Ed Lee & Bob Nicholson

11:45-12:15 PM — “Good Form Running” by The Sneaker Store

12:15-12:45 PM – Video Gait Analysis by Cornell Dartfish

12:45-1:15 PM — Injury Prevention and Stretching with Sheila Burth

1:15-1:45 PM — Physical Therapy presentation

1:45-2:15 PM — Nutrition presentation

2:15-2:45 PM — Injury Prevention with Mike Brych, ATC Endurance

3:00-4:00 PM – Motivational Speaker

Also present will be the Masonic Care Community services, Escape Away Massage, Body by Vi, ATC Endurance, the Vitamin Shoppe, Boilermaker Road Race, The Mud Run, Heart Run and Walk, Zumba Fitness, Utica Roadrunners, Roman Runners, Schuss Bike and Ski, information on injury prevention, physical therapy and nutrition, and the Oneida County Dairy princess and her court. Beverages and healthy snacks will be available, including samples of Chobani Greek Yogurt.

RacewalkersAdmission to the event and parking are free, but those attending are asked to follow the signs and attendants guiding traffic within the Masonic Care campus. For more information contact Karl Jones, 316-7644, email:


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