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|Gold Medals for Knox County "Olympians"
|It's possible thanks to the tape-delayed broadcasting of the Olympics Saturday that Usain Bolt of Jamaica and some Knox County runners were going for the gold at the same time.
The Knox County Health Department through its "We Fit Together" initiative held a mini-Olympics Saturday morning at Abingdon High School. Several dozen residents competed in 100 meter and 400 meter dashes, and a one-mile run, and all were presented metals at the end.
Galesburg Fire Chief and Knox County Emergency Management Director Tom Simkins was among the volunteers at Saturday's event, and tells WGIL he joined the We Fit Together initiative because he felt he should.
"My role as the [Knox] County Emergency Management Agency Director is kind of one to address disasters and emergencies in the county," Simkins said. "When we saw the obesity numbers, and the lack of kids getting out there and exercising in the community, we said maybe this is something that does fall under emergency management."
Another participant we talked to said it's crucial to be able to help establish healthy habits early in their lives, and another said he took part to remind himself that football practice starts this week.
The We Fit Together Initiative has a website and a Facebook page, and they say they hope to host similar events county-wide in the months and years to come.
(Monica Hendrickson of the Knox County Health Department times runners as they cross the finish line.)
(A child is hugged after crossing the finish line.)
(Knox County Emergency Management Chief Tom Simkins helps award gold medals after each race Saturday. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|08 05 12 by Newsroom
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