Third annual Get Fit Selma returns Saturday

Published 11:08 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The third annual Get Fit Selma Health and Fitness Festival will offer the community members a day full of activities, prizes and a look into their health.

Taylor Internal Medicine, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the McRae Gaines Learning Center are sponsoring the event to do their part in giving back to the community.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get a free screening,” said Stephanie Hamm, president of the board of directors for the learning center and chair of Get Fit Selma. “It’s targeted a lot for people that maybe don’t have that option.”

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On Saturday, Sept. 19, a 5K race and 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Wallace Community College Selma gym.

At 9 a.m., the doors open for registration for the free health fair. The screenings will include blood sugar, blood pressure, heart and breathing controls and weight checks.

Once participants finish the screenings, they will be able to go into the health and education fair where they will receive health information on a variety of topics.

Hamm said the festival is a way of giving the community access to health screenings and kids an opportunity to get outside and have some fun, but it’s also a way to show off local health professionals.

“It’s an opportunity for us as the planning committee to highlight the health services and resources that are in Selma and Dallas County,” Hamm said. “To get the community aware of what good work these people do.”

The event is also tailored to children, with a Let’s Move! Kids Challenge. The children will be able to participate in an obstacle course designed by Concordia College’s soccer team and coach Emanuel Stephens and a 3-on-3 basketball competition created by coach Winston Williams for youth ages 9 to 17.

Care Ambulance, the Selma Fire Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will also be there with company vehicles to let the children take a look inside.

After the children’s activities, there will be an interactive expo featuring exercise, fitness, dance and yoga professionals from Selma.

To finish out the festival, the Dallas County Extension Office will be giving demonstrations of healthy food preparation for people to try.

Registration forms for the 5K and fun run can be picked up at the McRae-Gaines Learning Center or at Wallace on the day of the race.

Early registration fees for the 5K are $10 for ages 13 and under, and $15 for those 14-years and up; fun run fees are $7 for all ages. Same day registration fees for the 5K are $15 for ages 13 and under, $20 for 14 and up and the 1-mile fun run will be $10. Lunch will be provided for a small charge. All other activities are free and open to the public.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. Wallace is located at 3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway. For more information, email Hamm at or text 512-589-3735.