Fundraiser aims to fight leukemia, promote fitness
NASHUA — Best Fitness will host an exercise benefit for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society today, replete with outdoors cycling, zumba classes and an obstacle course for adults and children alike.
“Best-A-Palooza is almost like a family field day,” said Scott Fournier, a manager at the Nashua club. “Exercise is definitely important for everyone.”
Fournier said that since kids look up to adults, getting to exercise together will provide the children with a positive example.
The event was dedicated to the fight against leukemia because of the daughter of club member Malisa Mignosa, Ayva, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2. Ayva is now a 7-year-old who will be present at the event.
Among the activities are relay races, tire flips, potato sack races, tug-o'-war, face painting, sidewalk chalk and an opportunity to test your endurance on the obstacle course.
Fournier said the club's private trainers will be manning the course's various stations, and timing the participants' progress. The fastest athlete will win a year-long membership to the gym.
Representatives from Smokey Bones restaurant will be on the scene with coupons and breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.
Susan Bardack, a representative at Best Fitness headquarters in Albany, New York, explained how Best-A-Palooza is part of the company's strategy.
“We've been trying to organize more community events to get people the opportunity to sample fitness without having to join the gym, and so we created Best-a-Palooza to bring fitness outside,” she said.
Admission to Best-A-Palooza is $10, with kids 13 and under getting in for free. Rides on the stationary bikes are $5 for a half hour.
All of the proceeds raised will be donated to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Additional funds will be donated to the cause for every person who joins the gym during the day.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Best Fitness, 55 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua.
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