Fundraising with a beat

UTC Zumbathon Feb. 4 to benefit AHA

An estimated 250 dancing participants will take part in a fun workout in the Zumbathon Monday, Feb. 4 from 4-7 p.m. inside the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Aquatic and Recreation Center on the basketball courts.


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Zumba participants keep the pace going in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ARC.

Community members are encouraged to come out and jump into the lineup of Zumba fun. This is the first ARC event open to the public.

Cost is $10 per person to participate, but UTC students with a valid ID pay $5 to enter. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association.

In addition to the fun workout provided, participants will gain through giveaways of Zumba.com prizes like Zumba socks, Zumba bell bracelets and Zumba DVDs every 30 minutes.

“It’s really inspiring to participate in Zumba, especially for a good cause like the American Heart Association,” said ARC coordinator of fitness Lindsay Manning Hyden, who hopes the Zumbathon raises at least $500 for AHA. “February being National Heart Month, we really wanted to spread national awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. We have partnered with [Chattanooga-based] Go Red for Women in the past. We wear red on Feb. 1.”

UTC ARC staff passes out workout tips and ways to reduce heart disease tips throughout the month of February.

American Heart Association staff and volunteers will be on-site collecting donations at the Feb. 4 event, which features UTC ARC’s own nationally certified Zumba instructors, from whom 50-150 UTC students take weekly classes.

“Zumba has been our largest class for a year and a half standing,” said Hyden, adding that she hopes sororities and fraternities participate in the Zumbathon. “One of the biggest quotes in Zumba is ‘Ditch the workout join the party.’ Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program. It’s having fun while getting your workout in. Working out does not have to be on a treadmill or running outside. It can be something you look forward to.”

The fun group-based workout is something all ages can take part in, she added.


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