“Priority Health is pleased to partner with Ford Arts, Beats & Eats once again to bring healthy, family-friendly activities to the event this year,” said Don Whitford, vice president of the east region market for Priority Health. “With our sponsorship of the Run/Walk, we are able to highlight our commitment to improving the health and lives of the people we serve in a creative and fun way while benefiting important causes. It’s more than just a race – this day is a celebration of well-being and a great way to support arts education in Michigan schools.”
The streets of Royal Oak will be buzzing with activity Saturday morning of the festival with two exciting health and fitness events back-to-back. At 8 a.m., more than 500 runners are expected to take to the streets of downtown Royal Oak for the Priority Health Arts in Motion 5K/10K. It is a chip-timed event open to all ages, and each participant will receive four free tickets to the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival.
Proceeds from the races will support two nonprofit organizations this year, Michigan Youth Arts and Rock CF. Michigan Youth Arts, a returning benefactor of the race, is a statewide association that serves as an alliance of arts education organizations. Rock CF is an organization dedicated to increasing the quality of life for those with Cystic Fibrosis through arts, entertainment, fashion and fitness, and is a new benefactor this year.
In addition to the new 10K, Priority Health also unveiled an improved course route that travels through the heart of downtown Royal Oak. Both the 5K and 10K will start on Main Street and continue into surrounding neighborhoods (Maps of each race are available on the Arts in Motion website http://www.michiganyoutharts.org/news-events/5k).
Registration is now open for the races and the cost is $30 for the 5K Run/Walk and $35 for the 10K Run. To register, please visit michiganyoutharts.org/5k.
“From choirs to bands to paintings, Michigan Youth Arts is scattering art throughout the race to create a unique experience for walkers and runners,” said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. “Participants will even get the chance to create a piece of artwork during the race by throwing paint onto a giant canvas as they run by. The splatter-art mural will then be cut up and auctioned off for charity.”
Just as the race will be ending, dancers and instructors will kick off the Priority Health Zumbathon Celebration at 11 a.m. on the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats main stage. The event will be a dynamic workout combining Latin and international music and promises to keep everyone in attendance moving and breaking a sweat. Last year nearly 1,200 people participated in the dance fitness event, and even more are expected to join in on the fun this year. No prior Zumba® experience is required.
Registration for the Zumbathon is available online. The Priority Health Zumbathon Celebration benefits the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a Detroit-based care center devoted to diagnose and treat cancer for all who come through its doors.
Source: Arts, Beats & Eats