If you have been a member of Island Fitness for any length of time you know that COMMUNITY is the cornerstone of what we are all about. Receiving support and strength from the power of a community can be a life saver for many and offering that lending hand is just as powerful for the giver. It is scientifically proven that community contributes to our overall health and wellbeing.
We are especially excited this year about the time-honored community events we actively support and are major sponsors of the 4th of July Fun Run, Arms Around Bainbridge and the Turkey Trot. The Fun Run happens on the 4th and benefits Bainbridge Youth Services which supports local youth with job opportunities and counseling. Arms Around Bainbridge hosts several events throughout the year including Bingo and the 30-mile swim around Bainbridge Island to raise funds for local residents in financial crisis due to life-threatening illnesses. The Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning and benefits Helpline House, a local organization that provides assistance to local families in need including a food bank, counseling and social service support.
This year, for the first time, Island Fitness will be the organizing sponsor for the Turkey Trot. Ann Browning and Jenny Campbell, who founded this iconic Island event and have shepherded it for the past seven years, have turned the reins over to us. We’re honored and excited to continue the tradition!
If you have not taken part in any of these events please consider one or all three this year. You will be getting a double and possibly a triple dose of health by not only being part of a community but using these events to inspire you to keep moving your bodies! We all know exercise is one of the first recommendations to becoming a healthier you and living a long and vital life!
One great way to move while supporting our community is to join Island Fitness in our annual tradition of carrying the giant U.S. flag in the Fourth of July Parade! We will begin sign-ups for the parade soon.
Enjoy your summer, our entire Island Fitness community is here to support you along the way!
P.S. Our youngest son Wyatt was born almost 15 years ago, the same time Island Fitness was born. You will see our young and energetic son working at the Front Desk and keeping our equipment clean! Please welcome him aboard when you see him.