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On May 5, I was proud of my community and extremely proud of this year’s Derby Day festivities.

The morning of May 5 started with the 8th Annual Fitness for Life Around Grant County (FLAGG) 5K Derby Dash- Walk/Run. For some participants this race was their first ever 5K and for many that morning they set an all time high personal race time. As a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, I love nothing more than seeing groups of people engage in physical activity. See runningtime.net for full race day results.

The event was made possible by the sponsors. A special thank you to all of them.

A sincere thank you goes out to Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills.

Over the past eight years, he has played a critical role in enabling FFLAG the opportunity to provide the community with a 5K.  It may seem easy to put on a race in downtown Williamstown. The safety and security of the citizens is always top priority for FFLAG and for the county. Sheriff Dills has always gone the extra mile, including personally hand dropping the road cones along the race course.
Following the race, I announced Grant County’s Biggest Winner, I am always excited when people make strides to improve their health. This year there were 229 participants and over 1,354 classes were attended during the four week fitness challenge. A total of 312 pounds of weight was lost, and total percent of 55.7 of reported fat loss. Congratulations to Jamie Brantley who lost the most weight. Chris Ammerman lost the most body fat. Ritchie Hisle attended 49 classes, and was Grant County’s overall winner. FFLAG hopes all the participants continue to pursue a healthily lifestyle. Special thanks to all the community partners and instructors.

Strome Varner and others within the planning committee did an excellent job leading the other parts of the Derby Day Festival. The parade was awesome. On Main Street, my sister and sister-in-law, who also have a little entrepreneurial spirit, participated in the day by having their own personal booths to promote their businesses too. I was delighted that Grant County 4-H was a part of the day’s festivities showing off their farm animals.

It turned out to be a hot day, but for me, it’s one of the highlights of my summer so far.  You can have fun in your own community without traveling far distances to do so.  

I look forward to return of Marigold Day this fall on September 22. As a young girl I remember competing in one of my first pageants at the Williamstown High School. Festivals create great memories, allow for camaraderie with others and provide a community with a sense of belonging. The planning for Marigold Day is already underway. For more information visit City of Williamstown’s website; wtownky.org   Marigold Day. I suspect I will be equally pleased with this event as well. I encourage you to mark your calendar and see if there is a way you too can participate in this year’sMarigold Day and don’t forget about the first Saturday in May next year too- Derby Day!
Jacqalynn Riley
(Riley is the vice chair for Fitness for Life Around Grant County. For more information about FFLAG go to getfitgc.org.)