By Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – Wellness will go a little bit wild on April 19.
The Boerner Be Wild Fitness Challenge, sponsored by the Healthy Tupelo Task Force, will dare participants to run, jump, flip tires and climb walls on a 17-station course set up around the North Mississippi Medical Center Community Walking Track at the intersection of Madison and Garfield streets in Tupelo.
The challenge, designed to be tougher than a Warrior Dash, will end with a surprise, said NMMC Wellness Center fitness supervisor Edwin Crenshaw.
“You will get a little wet,” Crenshaw said.
The fitness challenge honors the late community and fitness advocate Hank Boerner, who died unexpectedly in December 2012. Boerner served as the NMMC Wellness Center director and co-chairman of the Healthy Tupelo Task Force.
“He was all about making fitness available to anybody, not just athletes,” said Liz Dawson, director of NMMC Community Health, who served on the task force with Boerner.
The proceeds from the event will be distributed through the Healthy Tupelo Task Force for projects to educate youth on the importance of physical fitness. Boerner Be Wild events last year raised $10,000. The task force has already made its first grant of $500 to support the Boern to Run kids races, which will be held April 25 at Fairpark.
The Boerner Be Wild event runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will be able to choose their start time based on the order of registration. Children’s activities will be available. Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third places in men’s and women’s divisions.
Early registration fee is $25; onsite registration will be available for $35 the day of the event.
Boerner Be Wild registration forms are available at Tupelo City Hall, Tupelo Parks and Recreation, Longtown Medical Park, NMMC Wellness Center and Tupelo Aquatic Center for the April 19 event.