Active Auburn is a new health and wellness campaign launching in August 2017 and presented by Auburn Parks and Recreation. The campaign is designed to provide avenues for Auburn residents to begin the journey to a more active, healthier lifestyle by hosting monthly fitness or recreation-themed activities around the city.
“The Mayor’s 100-Mile Challenge is our flagship event – kicking off the Active Auburn campaign and setting the tone for what we are all about,” said Whitney Morris, Active Auburn’s spokesperson.The Mayor’s 100-Mile Challenge encourages Auburn residents to walk, swim, bike, run or dance their way 100 miles in 100 days.
The kickoff event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Town Creek Park, beginning at 7 a.m. with sunrise yoga hosted by Active Auburn and local yoga studio Yoga Fly. The morning yoga is a bring-your-own-mat event aimed at community members 16 years and older.
Kickoff activities will be from 8:00 a.m.—noon, with various games and activities throughout the day, including a mini-tennis court, demonstrations on how to use the outdoor exercise equipment and field day games. Additionally, there will be food vendors, music, giveaways and walks through park trails led by Mayor Bill Ham and Auburn-area celebrity guests.
The Active Auburn website launches this month, providing workout plans, healthy recipes and opportunities for locals to get involved in events.
“We are very excited for this campaign, and the events that go with it, to launch,” Morris said. “It is a different approach to special events: a melding of sports, fitness and recreation with a reason to come together as a community and that it really what Active Auburn is all about.”
The Active Auburn staff insists that this is not another weight loss program or push. They stand by the idea that the event is a health campaign for Auburn residents, by Auburn residents.
The Mayor’s 100-Mile challenge begins on Saturday, Aug. 26, and ends on Sunday, Dec. 3. Awards will be distributed on Dec. 8, after the conclusion of the challenge.