Greenwood Village Mayor Rakowsky, Kristina Davidson and Jay Davidson

Greenwood Village Mayor Rakowsky with First American State Bank Founders Kristina and Jay Davidson

To gain momentum for the upcoming 13th Annual Fitness Festival, local business leaders and community supporters gathered together this week to honor the generous donations and sponsorships that will make the Fitness Festival possible for another year. This pre-party patron celebration was held at the First American State Bank in Greenwood Village and organized by founders Jay and Kristina Davidson – along with their staff, colleagues, sponsors and board members.

Janice McNally, Wendy DeBell, Lisa Reddel

Janice McNally, Wendy DeBell, Lisa Reddel

The evening featured wine & hors d’oeuvres, live music and silent auction – along with the unveiling of this year’s t-shirt design for the race, designed by local students.

Brought to you by First American State Bank, the 13th Annual Fitness Festival will be held on September 7th, 2013 and features a 5K run/walk as well as a 1K fitness run. The event promotes wellness and benefits the Community Asset Project – a non-proft organization that focuses on the entire well-being of a child. The goal of the Community Asset Project is to help youths grow into happy, healthy, contributing members of society.

Through the generous support from the sponsors of the race, the Community Asset Project is able to use proven, preventative measures to help youths as they navigate the path to adulthood. Kristina Davidson, Fitness Festival founder, partnered with the Community Asset Project in 1990 to create the very first Fitness Festival. Davidson says, “A healthy lifestyle is beneficial to the body and the soul, and prepares the kids to maximize their skills, academic potential and a future productive life in our community.”

2013 Grand Marshalls Josh Ulitsky, Kersten Mullan, Tanya Bond and Monte Thelen

2013 Grand Marshals Josh Ulitsky, Kersten Mullan, Tanya Bond and Monte Thelen

This year’s Festival will honor six grand marshals representing the six high schools in the Cherry Creek School District including Monte Thelen, Mike Brookhart,Tanya Bond, Josh Ulitzky, Becky Grasser and Kersten Mullan. Over 53,000 students and their families are expected to attend this year’s Fitness Festival which includes the race, live entertainment, local fare, prizes and more.

To date, the Fitness Festival has raised nearly $900,000 for the Community Asset Project, enriching the lives of thousands of students in the Cherry Creek School District. For more information, visit www.fitnessfestival.com.