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Run for the Gold 5K Run / Walk

post by laurie napoleone in benefit, Exercise, pediatric cancer, run, walk

The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation is hosting a 5K Walk/Run in honor of Pedatric Cancer Awareness Month. September 27, 2014. Registration 8am - Race at 9am. Begin at Tennis Courts - 40 Wolcott St. Leroy, NY. $25 per participant. Everyone welcome! Go to active.com to enter or go to michaelshope.org to download a mail-in registration form. All proceeds help the foundation "Lend a Hand for Hope" to those affected by pediatric cancer.

Event Date and Time

September 27, 2014 - 8:00am
Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Batavia woman finds Robert Morris playground a good fit for her workout routine

post by Howard B. Owens in Exercise, health, Robert Morris School

We tend to think of playgrounds as just places for children, right?

Well, there's something starting in New York City and Buffalo to change that -- the cities are building playgrounds designed to attract adults in a social environment focused on physical fitness.

As a writer for Buffalo Rising put it, "The concept is so simple that I can't believe that it hasn't surfaced all across America."

There are no known plans to build an adult playground in Batavia, but one local woman has discovered an existing playground that goes a long way in filling the void, and she thinks other adults should join her in putting it to good use.

Batavia resident Nancy Gilmartin-Marchitte said she's been using the playground at the former Robert Morris School for several months for her own exercise routine and having a blast.

She and her husband like to run on the track at Woodward Field, and one day she spotted the rings at the playground and, with her love of gymnastics, she thought it would be fun to try them out.

From that initial experiment, she discovered the playground offered her several different fun and useful exercises.

"After coming here and doing my routines, I came to realize there are adult playgrounds all over now," said the 36-year-old Gilmartin-Marchitte.

In June 2011, Robert Morris opened the new playground paid for by a grant won from Pepsi.

Now, Robert Morris is no longer a school, and though the playground is still owned by the school district, it is open to the community, Business Administrator Scott Rozanski confirmed today.

"We made the decision to leave the playground for community use," Rozanski said.

While adult use hasn't yet been contemplated by district officials, he sees no reason adults couldn't exercise there so long as they didn't prevent children from playing and helped keep the equipment in good working order.

"I would expect an adult to use wisdom and not do anything that would damage the equipment," Rozanski said.

Gilmartin-Marchitte said she's worked up a whole routine for herself that, by making it a rigorous workout, not only exercises her arms, legs and torso, it also provides cardiovascular benefits.

Her routine includes, among other things, chin-ups, exercises on the rings (her favorite), balance walks, using the swing for her abs and the parallel bars.

"Going to the playground a few times a week and exercising on the rings and chin-up bar is not only a good exercise, but brings out the little girl in me," Gilmartin-Marchitte said.

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

Scene Study and Stage Combat Workshop at EnGarde Batavia

post by Tom Clark in acting, education, Exercise, Stage Combat

EnGarde to Encore, the performance part of Engarde Batavia, is running a combination scene study and stage combat workshop starting on February 4th at their Harvester Avenue fencing studio. The workshop will meet from 1 to 3 PM on six Saturdays, ending on March 10th with a showcase of scenes from 6-8 PM. The workshop will utilize the works of Shakespeare and other Renaissance playwrights, commedia dell’ arte or similarscenarios, and original material to build skills in scene analysis and stage combat. Tragedies, Comedies, and Musicals will be included. The workshop is open to anyone 16 and up. There will be material for those whose do not want to engage directly in stage combat but want to work on their acting skills. The instructors will be Colin Dentino, owner and Coach of EnGardeBatavia, and Tom Clark, award winning designer and freelance director.  For registration information and cost go to http://engardebatavia.com/programs/eg2ec or contact Colin Dentino at  [email protected]  or 585-409-3993.

Event Date and Time

January 6, 2012 - 7:40am - February 6, 2012 - 7:40am
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