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Getting it all in shape

By Staff | Sep 29, 2014

After months of construction, it is time to celebrate all the hard work.

Area residents are invited to the Faribault County Fitness Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting.

This event, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Faribault County Fitness Center in Blue Earth, is to celebrate the fitness center’s new addition as well as the completion of renovations on the existing building.

Free fitness classes and demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. followed by the ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m.

“We have a large variety of classes to offer,” said Michelle Hall, fitness center director. “The classes add a social aspect that makes exercising more fun.”

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the personal trainers from 3-5 p.m.

Hall is looking forward to hosting the Albert Lea Pickle Ball Club. The club will put on a Pickle Ball demonstration at 11 a.m.

“These guys are so much fun,” Hall said. “They really know what they’re doing.”

According to Hall, the game is played on a “shrunken-down tennis court,” using a wooden paddle and a Wiffle Ball.

“It’s a mix between tennis and ping-pong,” Hall said. “But it’s faster paced because there isn’t as much ground to cover.”And finally, the Faribault County Fitness Center has teamed up with Blue Earth Area Community Education to sponsor Blue Earth’s first-ever 5K Glow Run.

This event will be held at 7:15 p.m., following the day’s events.

For the 108 runners who have already pre-registered, they will be receiving a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt and a glow necklace, bracelet and ring.

Runners may also register by 7 p.m. the day of the race for $25, but race shirts are limited.