Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness

555 Walnut, Suite 101 Abilene, Texas 79601
P.O. Box 60, Abilene, Texas 79604
Phone: 325-676-6649
Fax: 325-676-6212
E-mail: mayorscouncil.physicalfitness@abilenetx.com


The Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness was established in March 2008 by Mayor Norm Archibald. It was formed to help build a healthier community. The Mayor's Council assists in the development and support of ongoing physical fitness programs, annual fitness campaigns, and educational outreach that are designed to meet the fitness and wellness needs of the community.

 

Upcoming Events:

The City of Abilene Parks & Recreation Division is hosting the 1st Annual Heels & Wheels DUATHLON this September!  The event will take place at Nelson Park and benefits the Parks Bucks Program.  Please see the attached Registraion Form for detailed information.

 

Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness is on Facebook

 

 

 

Any time: Random Acts of Fitness


If you're out walking or doing some form of physical activity in the community, you may become the recipient of a random act of fitness. Members of the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness are giving out free t-shirts at random to residents who are "caught in the act" of physical fitness.

 

Next Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness Board Meeting

 

4:00 p.m. October 15, 2014, 555 Walnut Street, City Hall Basement Conference Room.

 

Requesting Support from the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness

 

Click here for information regarding Guidelines for Providing Support from the Mayor's Council.

Click here for an Application for Support from Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness.


Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness Leadership Award

 

If there is either an individual or event/organization that you would like to nominate for recognition for their contributions toward promoting physical fitness, click here for the nomination form.

 

Mayor's 5/10K and Family Fun Walk/Run April 12, 2014

 

Mayor Norm Archibald ran the 11th Annual Mayor's Race through downtown with 258 other participants! It was a beautiful West Central Texas Saturday morning for runners and families to get out and be active!

 

         

 

 

 

Click here to see Race Results!

 

 

Age Well Live Well Kickoff Event June 13, 2013

 

Mayor Archibald, along with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce's Redcoats, to cut the red ribbon symbolizing the official commencement of Age Well Live Well, a collaboration of organizations working together in an effort to combine fun, fitness, and informative wellness opportunities in our community.

 

 

 

 

Age Well Live Well Board Members and Community Seniors walking the Children's Art & Literacy Festival's Mini Parade route.

 

 

 

Mayor's Annual 5K Run, Walk, & Wheel April 20, 2013

 

Mayor Archibald and runners warming up, preparing to run the downtown 5K course.

 
 

 

 

Mayor's 5K Walkers enjoying the brisk April morning in downtown Abilene.

 

 

 

Mayor's Fall Hike Along Cedar Creek October  20, 2012

 

Mayor Archibald speaks to the more than 70 hikers and several leashed dogs prior to beginning the hike.

 

 

A group photo taken on October 20, 2012 along the bank of Cedar Creek .

 

 

 

Abilene On the Move day October 12, 2012

 

Mayor Norm Archibald leads a group of employees on a walk from City Hall through the streets of downtown.

 

 

 

Mayor's Hike Along Cedar Creek May 5, 2012

 

Saturday, May 5, 2012, approximately 60 hikers (and one dog) joined Mayor Archibald for a hike along Cedar Creek. 

 

 

 

Winners/Photos Mayor's 5K April 14, 2012

 

Click here to view 2012 Mayor's 5K winners and race photos


 

 

Fitness Tips

 

Click here for training programs: Runner or Non-Runner

Bill Horn, Road Runner Club of America (RRCA) certified running coach and past president of the Abilene Runners Club, developed a 5 week program. He said it's designed to help a person finish the 5K "happy, healthy and injury-free". Horn explained that the pace a person should run is determined by what he terms the "Talk Test". That is if they can jog and carry on a conversation with a friend, they are doing well. If they are not relaxed enough to talk, they are running too fast. He emphasized that the race day running should be an extension of what they've been doing for the previous four weeks. If they watch their pace (Talk Test) and follow the walk/jog ratios from start to finish, they should have no problem finishing the Mayor's Round-Up.

You can also view the training tips at www.youtube.com/AbileneTelevision.

*Before starting any new fitness/training program, consult with your physician first.*

 

News Releases

 

October 9, 2012

 

“Abilene on the Move” day set for October 12

ABILENE, Texas – The Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness invites citizens to take ten minutes towards a healthier lifestyle by participating in “Abilene on the Move” day Friday, Oct. 12.  It is a day for families, individuals, groups, businesses and schools to take part in an activity that gets people moving.

 

“Beginning an active lifestyle can start with a simple ten minute walk,” said Mayor Norm Archibald. “Abilene on the Move” day is your chance to start living a healthy and physically fit life.”

 

Planned activities include City of Abilene employees joining Mayor Norm Archibald in a ten minute walk at 10 a.m. from City Hall and the Abilene Independent School District holding walking events at various times at participating schools.

 

Participate in “Abilene on the Move” day by:

 

Schools and businesses are encouraged to organize an activity.  Some examples are:

 

If 10 a.m. is not a convenient time to take part in an activity, you are encouraged to schedule a time when it best fits into your day.

 

October 8, 2012

 

Mayor’s Fall Hike set for October 20  

ABILENE, Texas – The 2012 Mayor’s Fall Hike along Cedar Creek will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. This is a FREE, family friendly event that is open to the public and leashed dogs are welcome to join.  Due to the terrain of the trail, strollers and bikes are not allowed.  

 

The hike will begin where Cedar Creek crosses the 100 block of ES 11th Street, just east of Joe Allen’s Bar-B-Que. Participants will travel north along the bank of Cedar Creek to Stevenson Park then return by the same trail.  The hike route is approximately 3 miles long.  Parking will be available at 170 ES 11th Street and signage will direct hikers to the designated parking area.

 

Some recommendations to ensure a fun-filled and safe hike:

 

Before starting any wellness program or engaging in physical activity, consult your physician.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a trash clean-up as they hike along Cedar Creek. Collection supplies and trash bags will be provided.  Those who would like to participate in the trash pick-up are encouraged to bring work gloves.

 

A map with parking information and route information is available at www.myfitnessabilene.com or visit the City of Abilene’s website, www.abilenetx.com and clicking on “Hot Items” under the City Spotlight heading.  This fitness opportunity is sponsored by the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness.

 

May 1, 2012

 

Fifth annual Mayor’s Hike coming Saturday  

ABILENE, TX. – The 5th Annual Mayor’s Hike will take place Saturday, May 5 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The hike will take participants along the banks of Cedar Creek this year showing a side of Abilene few have seen before.  This is a FREE, family friendly event that is open to the public and leashed dogs are welcome to join. Due to the terrain of the trail, strollers and bikes are not allowed.

 

The hike will begin where Cedar Creek crosses the 100 block of ES 11th Street, just east of Joe Allen’s Bar-B-Que. Hikers will travel north along the banks of Cedar Creek to Stevenson Park then return by the same trail.  The hike is approximately 3 miles long.  Parking will be available at 170 ES 11th St. Signage will be on location to direct participants to the designated parking area.

 

Here are some recommendations to ensure a fun-filled and safe hike:

 

In coordination with the Mayor’s Hike, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a trash clean-up as they hike along Cedar Creek. Collection supplies will be provided.  Those who would like to participate in the trash pick-up are encouraged to bring work gloves.

 

This is a FREE event but participants should e-mail MayorsHike@abilenetx.com or call 325-676-6677 to let organizers know how many hikers will be participating.   

 

A map with parking information and hiking directions are available at www.myfitnessabilene.com or on the City of Abilene website, www.abilenetx.com by clicking on ‘Hot Items’ under the City Spotlight heading.  This fitness opportunity is sponsored by the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness.

 

March 2011

 

Mayor Archibald to recognize local fitness leader

ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald will recognize local fitness advocate Chris Kyker for her commitment to physical fitness in Abilene, Texas at the March 24, 2011 City Council meeting.

“Mrs. Kyker has played a pivotal role in promoting life-long fitness at the state and local level.  She is literally a "mover and shaker" as a health promoter through physical activity,” said Dennis O’Connell, Chairman of the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness.  “She is an exemplary volunteer and we are blessed to have experienced the benefits of her dedicated service to Abilene.”

Kyker boasts a range of talents and experience including being the recipient of the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Governor Rick Perry for her years of advocacy in the Silver-Haired Legislature.  She has also volunteered for 32 community agencies, been named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Abilene Christian University and is also the founding executive director of the Texas Department of Aging.

Citizens serving on the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness board are: Dennis O’Connell (Chair), Bill Horn (Vice-Chair), Pug Parris, Joy Hedges, Mary Herron, Deonna Shake, Ron Richert, Kris Dawson and Cheryl Edgar.

The Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness was established in 2008 by Mayor Norm Archibald to promote physical fitness within the City of Abilene.

 

October 2009

 

 Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness awarded $7,500 state grant

ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald announced today that the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness is the recipient of a $7,500 grant from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. The third phase of the grant will go toward the board’s mentoring of other cities in establishing and setting up their own Mayor’s Fitness Councils.

 

Back in June 2008, the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness was awarded $24,000 in the grant’s first phase which was applied to the development of community wellness and fitness programs as well as to conduct a community fitness resource and needs assessment. In November 2008, the board received $56,000 in the grant’s second phase which went toward a community-wide awareness campaign to enhance access to and awareness of opportunities for physical activity within Abilene. Over the past year, the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness has sponsored more than a dozen fitness-related events and launched www.MyFitnessAbilene.com, a website that serves as a clearinghouse of fitness activities and events in the Abilene area.

 

Citizens serving on the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness are: Pug Parris (Chair), Dennis O’Connell (Vice-Chair), Tanya Brice, Joy Hedges, Mary Herron, Bill Horn, Dr. Dan Munton, Liz Rotenberry (former Chair), Deonna Shake and Karen Stover.

 

Mayor Archibald established the Council on Physical Fitness in March 2008.

 

December 16, 2008

Fitness event sponsorships and other assistance available from Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness
ABILENE, Texas – The Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness wants to hear from organizations that are helping improve the physical fitness of those who live in Abilene. Thanks to a state grant, the Mayor’s Council has funds available to help support fitness events and fitness/wellness outreach programs. Other types of assistance are also available.

Mayor Norm Archibald remarked, “These funds will assist us in making fitness-related activities more accessible to citizens and increase awareness of the benefits of physical activity. The Mayor’s Council has already given its support behind a number of community events, and is looking to do even more to get people active in the new year.”

To date, the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness has been a sponsor in the Balloon Fest 10K Race/1K Kids Fun Run, the Taylor-Jones-Haskell Co. Medical Alliance’s Hard Hats for Little Heads, and the exclusive sponsor of the Turkey Trot’s 1 mile fun run for kids.

“We hope to partner with more local groups and nonprofits that are spreading the fitness spirit,” said Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness chair Liz Rotenberry. “We have many methods of support available from event sponsorship to providing promotional and educational materials. We’re open to hearing about ways we can help bring the joy of fitness to Abilenians of all ages.”

November 25, 2008

Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness awarded second phase of state grant
ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald announced today that the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness is the recipient of a $56,000 state grant from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. The second phase of the grant will go toward the Council’s community-wide awareness campaign to enhance access to and awareness of opportunities for physical activity within Abilene.

“This additional funding will allow the Mayor’s Council to promote awareness of wellness and fitness opportunities in Abilene,” Mayor Archibald noted. “These activities will include the creation of a website at www.MyFitnessAbilene.com that will serve as a clearinghouse for all local fitness activities; working with the school districts, hospitals and other organizations to increase the availability of health and fitness information as well as emphasizing physical activity to students, patients and clients; and continuing to sponsor and co-sponsor fitness-related events in the community.”

In June 2008, the Mayor’s Council was awarded $24,000 in the grant’s first phase which was applied to the development of community wellness and fitness programs as well as to conduct a community fitness resource and needs assessment.

Citizens serving on the Mayor’s Council are: Liz Rotenberry (Chair), Tanya Brice, Lisa Duncan, Joy Hedges, Mary Herron, Bill Horn, Chris Kyker, Dr. Ralph McClesky, Dr. Dan Munton, Dennis O’Connell, Pug Parris, Marka Riddle, Greg Ruffin, Deonna Shake and Karen Stover.

The Mayor established the Council on Physical Fitness in March 2008.


July 25, 2008

The Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness seeks your input
ABILENE, Texas – The Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness is currently conducting an online survey to assess the physical fitness needs of Abilenians. Citizens are encouraged to take a few minutes to participate in the brief Abilene Fitness Survey. The Mayor’s Council wants to hear from residents who are involved in any type of physical activity, whether it’s a formal gathering or a group of friends who get together each week to walk. The Mayor’s Council also wants to know what could be done to spur more participation in fitness activities.

The survey will run through early August. Survey results will assist the Mayor’s Council in making educated decisions concerning the development of community wellness and fitness programs.

Mayor Norm Archibald established the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness in March 2008.

June 9, 2008

State grant awarded to Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness
ABILENE, Texas – Mayor Norm Archibald announced today that the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness is the recipient of a $24,000 grant from the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. The grant will go toward the Council’s development of community wellness and fitness programs as well as to conduct a community fitness resource and needs assessment.

“This grant will aid us in determining Abilene’s fitness needs for the young and young at heart”, Mayor Archibald explained. “It’s the first step in implementing a community-wide physical fitness awareness campaign.”

Mayor Archibald appointed the following citizens to the Council: Lisa Duncan, Joy Hedges, Mary Herron, Bill Horn, Chris Kyker, Dr. Ralph McClesky, Tommy Morris, Dr. Dan Munton, Dennis O’Connell, Pug Parris, Marka Riddle, Liz Rotenberry, Deonna Shake and Karen Stover.

The Mayor established the Council on Physical Fitness in March 2008.

March 26, 2008

Abilene’s mayor urges community to shape up this spring
ABILENE, Texas – Inspired by the National President’s Challenge, Mayor Norm Archibald is challenging Abilene citizens to get moving this spring. The National President’s Challenge is a 6-week physical activity challenge in which youth age 6-17 are urged to get at least 60 minutes of activity, five days a week while adults are called on to get at least 30 minutes of activity, five days a week. Mayor Archibald said citizens can meet this challenge by doing something as simple as walking.

Mayor Archibald explained, “I’d like to see residents of all ages do their own version of the National President’s Challenge. It’s about helping people get fit and healthier while doing activities they enjoy which echoes the goals of the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness.”

While getting 30 to 60 minutes of activity a day may seem far reaching, the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness has a few fun, easy suggestions for adults and children:

Adults: Kids:
Walk on your lunch break Jump rope
Go bowling Fly a kite
Take the dog for a walk Toss a Frisbee
Garden Ride your bike
Take ballroom dancing Go on a nature hike

Mayor Archibald recently created the Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness which is designed to help build a healthier community.