Grab your comfortable clothes, shoes and join the fun as Elkins Zumba raises money for the American Heart Association. The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday above the Dollar General in downtown Elkins.
Event coordinator, Kristen Sturdivant is excited about the Zumbathon.
"Zumba is the newest dance/exercise class, and people like it because it is easy to follow and fun to do," Sturdivant said.
Zumba instructor Marisa Holland leads a Zumba group Thursday evening at Sherri’s Dance Studio in Elkins. (CU and The Inter-Mountain/Joe Blankenship)
Sturdivant said her best friend had been teaching Zumba for a year, and she became certified in December 2010 and joined Elkins Zumba teaching classes in January this year.
"People like to Zumba because you can burn 500-1000 calories per class," Sturdivant said. "It is a great cardio workout, helps you lose weight and is good for toning, plus you do not need any additional equipment to Zumba."
Elkins Zumba owner Dr. Marisa Holland is also a certified Zumba instructor.
"This event for the American Heart Association is a great cause, as heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and men alike - more than all cancers combined," Holland said.
Door prizes have been donated by Humberto's, Subway, the Railyard Restaurant, Razor's Edge and the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA. DJ Kay Kerns is donating her time for the event as well.
Admission to the Zumbathon is a donation of $8 for the American Heart Association and no pre-registration is required. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes that allow quick movements.
For more information about Zumba or the Zumbathon, call Sturdivant at 304-516-3768.