By Lynn Jones For over 150 years, the YMCA has been a community-focused nonprofit established in 1844 with recreational programs and services for all ages. In Jacksonville, once a year the Johnson Family YMCA hosts a 5K race designed to bring the community together for a day of fellowship, health education and fun.
Last Saturday, the 15th Annual Johnson Branch YMCA 5K was held with more than 300 registered participants walking and running through the Northside course.
The race began around 8 am, and participants began at the Y and circled Edgewood and Cleveland Roads for the three plus mile course. Area churches, families, civic groups and students joined the fitness and fellowship activities. Several attendees commented that this year’s activities were even more exciting because of the recent renovations to the Johnson Y.
Also involved in the race were local wellness and fitness experts who were on hand to support and educate participants. Y members and staff distributed water bottles, snacks and even consulted interested parties about exercise regimens and healthy eating habits. Proceeds from the race benefit Y programs, senior citizen activities and membership fees for low-income members.
Shown l-r is State Representative Traci Davis, YMCA Member Ken Covington and Fitness Expert Melinda Henry.