Health competition returns to New Kensington, pumping up enjoyable and fellowship

Aug. 1—Health will be enjoyable.

That is the message from a New Kensington enterprise proprietor selling a health competition for all ages in downtown New Kensington.

Cullen Maag, proprietor of BodyWork412 on Fifth Avenue, is the organizer of the annual NK5K Fitfest.

This 12 months, the bodily themed occasion returns from 9 a.m. to three p.m. Sunday.

Angel WingYoga trainer Crystal Volpe of Bell Township serves as competition mission supervisor.

Volpe will host open yoga exterior on the “yoga yard” avenue from 7 a.m. to three p.m.

Members are requested to carry a yoga mat.

The competition is appropriate for all ages and health ranges, Maag stated. He stated final 12 months’s occasion was well-received with greater than 160 folks working within the 5K occasion.

“Even within the rain, we had expertise. We checked out that as response and acknowledged there is a want for this locally,” he stated.

The course is usually flat and can observe an city route alongside the central downtown part of New Kensington.

Pets aren’t permitted on the course, and no smoking, alcohol or drug use is permitted in any space of the race, Maag stated.

“Bear in mind, it is a kid-friendly occasion the place younger lungs are at play, together with the potential of adults with well being points,” Maag stated. “We’re making an attempt to make this occasion secure and comfy for everybody.”

“Rucking 5K” members will take a extra rigorous 5K route — all whereas sporting weighted backpacks. Rucking entails strolling with weight on one’s again, often starting from 10 to 45 kilos.

And if all of that sounds a bit too strenuous, walkers are inspired, too.

A number of streets, together with Fifth Avenue from Ninth to eleventh streets, might be closed to automobile visitors.

“We’re actual excited to carry this again as a result of New Ken is, to me, missing in quite a lot of bodily actions,” Maag stated. “It is necessary to let people know they’ll have a health purpose. It is a way of life, health. The truth that I can get that to reoccur annually, I invite everybody to return out and take a look at it as soon as.”

The Yoga Yard will provide a soothing sound tub, arm stability and handstand workshop and exhibitions.

New this 12 months is a 3-on-3 basketball match for teenagers on the new basketball courts alongside Barnes and Ninth streets.

“We now have these nice new courts so I wished to make use of them,” Maag stated. Kids 13 to 17 are invited to register a crew for a recommended donation of $20 per crew.

Proceeds will profit subsequent 12 months’s competition working bills.

Mayor Tom Guzzo praised the brand new basketball courts within the yet-to-be named park, which opened in April, as a fantastic addition to this 12 months’s competition.

“It is health in a celebration, and that makes it enjoyable. The most effective half about it’s it is for all ages, each health degree. Cullen did a fantastic job of placing it collectively,” Guzzo stated. “It is necessary to have health for the neighborhood. (And) each alternative we will carry folks downtown, the higher it’s for all of us.”

A lymphatic drainage specialist, Maag stated cupping and deep tissue procedures are essentially the most in-demand companies at BodyWork412.

“Cupping is a technique to alleviate ache via both destagnating blood or drawing blood to an area space,” he stated.

Maag moved from Colorado to Pittsburgh greater than a decade in the past and opened BodyWork412 in 2021.

An extremely endurance runner who runs as much as 48 hours straight, Maag hopes the competition will encourage others to extend health of their lives.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Evaluate workers author. You’ll be able to contact Joyce by e mail at [email protected] or through Twitter .

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