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Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley hosts fitness event Saturday

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Activity planners and leaders of Algonquin College’s upcoming community fitness fundraiser are busy getting ready for the Feb. 22 event. In the front row (from left) are Dan Labelle, Algonquin College Police Foundations co-ordinator; Tammy Blackmore, Best Western Pembroke Fitness Centre; and Jodi Bucholtz, Algonquin College event organizer. In the back row (from left) are Bobby Ford, Algonquin College Students’ Association; Marc Poirier of MyFM, event sponsor; Rachel Grein, Active Chiropractic Family Health Centre; Peter MacLaggan, White Pine Yoga Centre; Mark Stevens, Pembroke Karate Club and Algonquin College professor; and Marie Mask, capital campaign administrator at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley.

Submitted photo Activity planners and leaders of Algonquin College’s upcoming community fitness fundraiser are busy getting ready for the Feb. 22 event. In the front row (from left) are Dan Labelle, Algonquin College Police Foundations co-ordinator; Tammy Blackmore, Best Western Pembroke Fitness Centre; and Jodi Bucholtz, Algonquin College event organizer. In the back row (from left) are Bobby Ford, Algonquin College Students’ Association; Marc Poirier of MyFM, event sponsor; Rachel Grein, Active Chiropractic Family Health Centre; Peter MacLaggan, White Pine Yoga Centre; Mark Stevens, Pembroke Karate Club and Algonquin College professor; and Marie Mask, capital campaign administrator at Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley.

Staying fit can be a lot of work, but there is no greater motivation to get active than by raising funds for a worthwhile cause.

As its moves toward wrapping up its new Waterfront Campus fundraising campaign, Algonquin College will host a day of fun fitness activities on Saturday, Feb. 22. The College has partnered with several local fitness clubs and nutrition experts to plan a day of 10 indoor and outdoor fitness activities. In addition, participants will be able to speak with health agency representatives and gather a variety of health and nutritional information that promotes a healthier lifestyle.

The indoor activities include: low impact aerobics, Zumba, body boot camp workouts, karate, circuit card game, yoga, seniors’ toning and a ball hockey tournament. Outdoors will be just as busy with a five-kilometre run and snowshoeing walks. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with registrants being able to participate in only one or in several activities.

Algonquin’s capital campaign co-ordinator Marie Mask, says the start of a new year is always a great time to get in shape and there has been an excellent response to staging the event at the new college. “We have had a lot of partners come on board and our agenda has grown as more people made suggestions about the type of activities they would like to participate in,” she says. “This is going to be a wonderful celebration of fitness in our community and we anticipate it will generate a significant amount of donations to the college fundraising campaign.”

Those interested in taking part in this fun event can register at their favourite gym, and then try to get as many friends or colleagues as possible to sponsor them. Donations of $20 or more will be eligible for a tax receipt. Participants who collect more than $100 will have their name entered in a door prize draw and the top three fundraisers will also win a special gift.

For more information about the Community Fitness Fundraiser, or to register, contact Marie Mask in Algonquin’s capital campaign office at 735-4700 ext. 2842.


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