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Lilburn event to help people get in shape

LILBURN - You don't have to hit the gym to get fit in Lilburn. The city has a slew of ways - from a road race to a kickboxing demonstration - for people to get in shape.

The first ever Get Fit Lilburn event is scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in Old Town Lilburn and at City Park.

The 5K road race will also include a dash along with Camp Creek Greenway Trail. Officials have also planned a 1-mile fun run/walk for all ages, a 50-yard dash for kids and an obstacle course.

On stage at the park, people can watch performances of dancing, kickboxing, yoga and tai chi.

The Get Fit Lilburn concept was created in 2008 by Althea Lawton-Thompson, owner of Aerobics, Yoga & More Fitness Studios.

Working with Councilman Johnny Crist, an avid competitive runner, Rachel Payne, the owner of House of Payne Personal Training and Bethany Nash and Patti-Jo Shapiro, Lawton-Thompson wanted to highlight a variety of fun physical activities that exist in the community.

Sponsorship forms and information are available online at the city of Lilburn Web site, www.CityofLilburn.com.