Mayor’s Fitness Challenge set for May 22

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge is May 22 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. It will be similar to the Navy Seals Fitness Challenge the Center hosted in 2008.

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center,
the Detroit Medical Center present new event

DEARBORN – The Detroit Medical Center will host the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge May 22 at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

The event presents people ages 14 and up with the opportunity to challenge themselves both physically and mentally.

Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. endorses activities that promote healthy eating and active living, and so encouraged the Dearborn Recreation Department to develop a distinctive fitness event. It is in line with the Mayor’s Campaign for Healthy Cities, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Similar to the Navy Seal Challenge at the Ford Center two years ago, the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge will be a series of challenges pitting each competitor against a set time or amount of repetitions.

It will time competitors with a 500-yard swim and a one-mile run, in addition to feats of strength and endurance with push ups, sit ups and pull ups.

Depending on performance times and number of reps completed, each entrant will be awarded points to tally up.

Entrants will receive a T-shirt commemorating their participation. Earning “Elite” status will mean receiving a special T-shirt, signifying your milestone achievement.

Another motivation to participate in the Challenge is a special competition among Dearborn high schools, where the top three scores (one being a female) from each school will be averaged together to determine the strongest high school in the city.

Admission is $10.

Registration is underway at the Ford Center, and through