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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fit4Life 5K Glow Run throws a big '80s party to get people moving


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – It was time to get active, have some ‘80s-style fun and light up the night at the second annual Fit4Life 5K Glow Run. The event last Friday evening had 455 finishers, growing substantially from last year, and was a big hit for everyone involved, despite rainy weather.


“It was a ‘totally awesome’ event,” said Candice Barnwell, director of human resources for Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation and one of the race organizers, with a nod to the ‘80s party theme. “Team members and their families and friends as well as many community members turned out to support our wellness initiative – to get and keep people moving. Whether you were running or volunteering, you were moving and enjoying the evening.”


Richard Simmons led an '80s-style warmup session. Wait -- are there two of him?!Participants walked, ran, strolled and danced their way around the 3.1-mile course, many of them sporting 1980s fashion. Festivities started pre-race, including a warmup session starring Richard Simmons, and continued afterward at The Wellness Center on Med Tech Parkway. There was a big Mountain States presence, both among volunteers and participants, and a festive atmosphere.


Click here to see photos and a great video on the Fit4Life Glow Run site.


This year the ‘80s party grew to include a variety of activities – a DJ, kids’ activities, food, giveaways and prizes – for those willing to withstand some rain. All finishers received a medal. More than 600 people registered.


Fit4Life, Mountain States’ team member wellness program, put on the race along with The Goose Chase and The WellnesThe finish line was behind The Wellness Center on the greenbelt fitness path.s Center.


The overall winner was 29-year-old David McDaniel of Watauga, Tennessee, in 18:21, a 5:55 pace per mile. Second place was Philip Bachman, 32, of Johnson City in 18:34. The women’s overall winner was Leah McDaniel 26, from Watauga in 22:10, just ahead of 25-year-old Amanda Loughlin, Gray, in 22:14. Amanda is a nurse at Woodridge Hospital. Both the men’s and women’s winning times broke last year’s course records.


“We definitely want to thank first and foremost our Mountain States Fit4Life Committee and Human Resources team for sponsoring the event,” Barnwell said, “as well as all the help and support from Kevin Harkness and The Wellness Center and Karen Hubbs and her team with The Goose Chase.”


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It’s been a busy summer for the Fit4Life program, which hosted a disc golf tournament, a geocaching competition, the Glow Run and a storytelling fair coming up on Thursday night.


“We offer activities to appeal to a variety of our team members’ interests as well as to address their wellness needs through the mind, body and spirit,” Barnwell said.