EDITORIAL: Grab your Schweizer running (or walking) shoes

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Schweizer Fest has always been a celebration of Tell City, its rich past, its exciting present and the promise of an even brighter future. This  week, we invite everyone to make fitness a meaningful part of their festivities. There are more opportunities than ever to include a good workout – or at least some exercise – into the merriment of the week.
Saturday morning provides an opportunity to join the community in the annual Schweizer Fest Road Run. The number of runners and walkers grows each year and this serves as a great chance for members of Tell City and surrounding places to gather and participate in an event that promotes wellness and a healthy lifestyle.
While other means of becoming healthy have come and gone, putting your shoes on and walking out the door still remains one of the simplest, most economical and effective means to getting fit.
Many runners enjoy the crowd and sense of comradery offered by the event. It’s an exciting atmosphere, even for spectators.  
For those who have never come to a road run, it is hard to explain the energy that is displayed by others. Those who come out for the first time rarely go away disappointed.
The race will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. If you just want to come out and watch the race to support those participating, please do so ... you can even walk outside of your house and yell if it is on the race course. If, however, you wish to come and run or walk the road run, we strongly encourage you to take part. Run or walk at your pace. There are no time restrictions.
Registration forms can be picked up at Hollinden Realty or can be download-ed from www.runperrycounty.com. The cost is $15 or $18 the day of the event.
There are other opportunities. For those interested, Saturday will bring a bench-press competition hosted by EverBody’s Fitness Center. It will begin at 10 a.m. and a new fitness contest will take place Friday and Saturday. It is hosted by New Directions. A Saturday basketball tourney will start at 9 a.m. at Tell City High School.
See Page 14A and today’s sports pages for details.
And while it may not be considered as strenuous as exercise, there’s a little bit of effort required to play cornhole, also scheduled for Saturday. Or take a walking tour of historical sites in the city. You’ll get some exercise while learning about local history. What more could you ask for?
Schweizer Fest is a reason to celebrate, smartly. It’s also a time to show off our community’s commitment to fitness, as individuals and as a city.
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