The YMCA and The Commercial Dispatch Offer the Third Annual Mile-a-Day Marathon

In a continuing effort to make our community more active, the YMCA and The Commercial Dispatch have again partnered to offer the Possum Town Mile-a-Day Marathon, during the month of June 2012.  The goal is for participants to log 26.2 miles of walking or running, throughout the month.  This is a non-competitive effort to promote healthier lifestyles for our Lowndes County residents

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to the Riverwalk to register at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.  At the kick-off, participants will receive a log-in sheet for tracking their daily mileage, as well as information on Lowndes County walking/running trails.

Registration will also be available at any of the Lowndes County YMCA branches, between May 30 and June 2 for those unable to attend the afternoon registration on June 3rd.  A $10.00 entry fee will help defray the costs of the program and provide an event t-shirt.

YMCA director Andy Boyd says, “This is an opportunity to bring the community together.  It’s important for Lowndes County residents to get up and get moving.  A mile a day can make a big difference in your health. It’s about incorporating exercise into your daily routine.”

Dispatch publisher Birney Imes, an avid walker himself, said, “We hope this event will introduce residents to the pleasures of getting out in nature and walking, as spring unfolds. We’re delighted to be part of an event that develops community, while at the same time, promotes a healthy lifestyle.”

For more information, please contact the downtown YMCA at 328-7696.

The YMCA’s mission statement is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Frank P. Phillips Downtown YMCA is located at 602 Second Avenue North, Columbus, MS 39701.

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