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Zumbathon to raise money for the American Heart Association

March 12, 2011
By Beth Christian Broschart, Special to The Inter-Mountain

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.

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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.



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