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Who says fitness challenges can’t be fun?

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December 13th, 2016
Fox Run community members participated in a month-long walking challenge. Pictured here are Dorothy McGinn (in back, wearing blue), Natalie Pesce (front, left), and Arnetta Whitehouse.

Fox Run community members participated in a month-long walking challenge. Pictured here are Dorothy McGinn (in back, wearing blue), Natalie Pesce (front, left), and Arnetta Whitehouse.

You’re more likely to commit to a fitness routine if that’s what everyone around you is doing. And if you do exercise that is fun, you’ll probably stick with it. 

That’s why the people who live at Fox Run find staying in shape a little easier—they live among hundreds of other active retirees. Group exercise classes and special fitness events happen daily on campus. 

During the fall, more than 200 residents and staff members participated in Fox Run’s month-long walking challenge. The annual competition between residence buildings and employee departments tracks who can log the most minutes. 

‘Golden Age of Hollywood’

The theme of this year’s walking challenge was “The Golden Age of Hollywood.” The course featured stars with the names of famous celebrities, like the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oscar-like statues stood at each station. 

In keeping with the theme, participants answered trivia questions about old films and played “Name That Tune” with movie theme songs and numbers from popular musicals. 

There was even a red carpet on the walking course. At the end, participants enjoyed a spread of healthy refreshments. Participants were able to go around the Hollywood course as many times as they liked and were able to include those minutes in their grand totals for the month.

Color Run/Walk

The month-long walking challenge culminated in a modified Color Run/Walk—a popular style of 5K race in which participants are doused in a different color paint after each kilometer. 

Fox Run staff organized a slightly less messy version—residents passed through brightly colored streamers at each kilometer instead of being splashed with paint. The Color Run/Walk also included stations related to all aspects of wellness—mind, body, and spirit. 

This was Fox Run’s fourth annual Color Run/Walk, and it had to be moved indoors for the first time this year because of inclement weather. However, the indoor, climate-controlled walkways at Fox Run provided a perfect alternative venue. Although the rain poured down outside, that didn’t dampen spirits during the lively event.

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