Richmond, Indiana to Host a new Fitness Festival During 2009 Labor Day Weekend

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Organizers announce events and sponsors for the first annual Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival Presented by Reid Hospital and Health Care Services. Festival will include wellness expos, a 10K run/walk, a triathlon/ duathlon, criterium race, youth triathlon and cycling tour. Organizers include RMD/Patti Insurance and Rocketship Sports Management. Proceeds benefit the Cardinal Greenways Trail. The Festival takes place Labor Day weekend 2009.

Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival organizers announce events and sponsors for the first annual festival. The 2009 Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival, Presented by Reid Hospital and Health Care, will include expos, a 10K run/walk, a triathlon/ duathlon, criterium race, a cycling tour and a youth triathlon. Organizers include RMD/Patti Insurance, Wellnessworks, Cycling and Fitness Warehouse and Rocketship Sports Management. Proceeds will help provide operating funds for the Cardinal Greenways Trail.

The concept was originated by John Dils of Richmond. John is VP-Business Development at RMD/Patti Insurance, a community fitness advocate, an elite endurance athlete and co-owner of the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse. John joined forces with Roger Bowersock of Greenville, Ohio. Roger is an experienced cycling competitor, professional endurance event organizer and Commercial Risk Manager for RMD/Patti Insurance. Tom Schamel, director of RMD/Patti's marketing and creative services company, rounds out the planning team.

The Whitewater Valley Fitness Festival is proud to have Reid Hospital and Health Care Services as its 2009 Presenting Sponsor. Title sponsors are Whitewater Broadcasting, RMD/Patti Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. Event sponsors are Richmond Baking Company and AUTOCAR. All sponsors are helping to elevate fitness as a community value for Wayne County, IN and the entire Whitewater Valley region.

Managed by Rocketship Sports, a non-profit sports management corporation, the Labor Day weekend will feature four marquee endurance events . Spectators, recreational participants and competitive athletes will enjoy the entertaining atmosphere. Facets such as the memorable Richmond, Indiana locations, custom awards, unique participation gifts, high levels of safety, and professional timing are already attracting registrants.    

The weekend's first event is the Richmond Baking Company "Jailbreak" 10k run/walk. The race will take place Saturday, September 5 in the Warehouse/Trail District near the Wayne County Jail. Award festivities will be hosted by the Cycling and Fitness Warehouse and Warehouse Cafe.

The Reid About Wellness Twilight Criterium will occur Saturday evening. This nationally sanctioned ABR race will featured a closed, looping course in the heart of Richmond's Historic Depot District. Health and fitness vendors will enhance this retail and dining area. Large outdoor group fitness classs, including a record -breaking attempt at the largest outdoor stationary bike class, are also planned.

The AUTOCAR Triathlon/Duathlon takes place on Sunday September 6. at Middlefork Reservoir. This event is part of the 2009 Western Ohio Multi-Sport Series. The adjacent grounds of the New Reid Hospital will host the finish line, awards ceremony and a wellness expo.

On Monday, participants will enjoy the (G) 101.3 Mile Ride for the Greenway. This recreational cycling tour will showcase communities along the Cardinal Greenways corridor from Richmond to Muncie, Indiana.

The mission of the Festival is to bring participants and spectators to the local economy, increase wellness in the community, promote youth fitness, create new venues for local endurance athletes and generate exposure for The Cardinal Greenway Trail.

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