Health & Fitness Expos
More than 1,000 attend
expo for Canton Marathon
CANTON — It’s a year away, but already the 2012 Canton
Marathon has runners excited.
At least 300 people have signed up for next year’s
The first chance to register was at Saturday’s Aultman/Aultcare
Canton Marathon Expo in the Memorial Civic Center.
The one-day health and fitness event was held from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. It drew more than 1,000 people.
Among the runners in attendance was cross-country
coach Michael Watson and his family. Running is in
Explaining his decision to run in the marathon, Watson
said: “I’m the coach. I’m supposed to be a model (for
His 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, recently caught the
running fever and finished her first 5K marathon.
She said she enjoys the sport because it “gives you
time to yourself” and keeps her in shape.
Race organizers expect up to 7,500 runners to
participate in race events. All net proceeds will fund
local health and wellness programs.
Next year’s event features several races, each of a
different length. Plus, there is a bike race.
“The whole marathon is really going to appeal to all
ages and all abilities,” said Julia Dick, president of
the Canton Marathon.
Canton Marathon CEO Stephen Mears expressed excitement
for the newness of the 2012 event.
“This is the only time we’re going to have the
opportunity to do something for the first time,” he
Numerous health and fitness-related businesses
promoted their services at Saturday’s Expo.
Among them were local hospitals, massage and fitness
centers and the U.S. Army, which held a fitness
A firefighter finished with the most push-ups,
pull-ups and sit-ups, according to a soldier.
Melinda Daniels represented another vendor,
Cincinnati-based Chica Bands, at the Expo. The company
sells nonslip hair bands.
The bands are ideal for runners, she said. The company
owner is a competitive runner.
“It’s nonslip. It won’t give you a headache,” Daniels
Mears said Saturday’s event helped pair health and
fitness businesses with their target audience.
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