2014  Mayor's Commitment to Fitness: Million Calorie Burn 5k

The Mayor's Commitment to Fitness Million Calorie Burn 5k is a family friendly initiative dedicated to helping reduce the obesity epidemic. The race path will take participants through beautiful scenery in East Memphis’ Ridgeway Loop. To encourage families to participate, a one-mile fun run will begin approximately 15 minutes after the adult race. WREG-TV’s Marybeth Conley will serve as our Honorary Chair for the race.

Fighting Childhood Obesity

HMCT seeks to lower the obesity rate among Memphis youth and families by encouraging a culture of healthy and active living. Memphis and Shelby County continue to be challenged by social and economic factors that drive many regional health indicators to the bottom third of most national and state health rankings. Our obesity rates among children are some of the nation’s highest, leading to increased health care costs. Improvements to diet and exercise are known to enhance the lives of patients suffering from high rates of chronic diseases. 

The Mayor's Commitment to Fitness Million Calorie Burn 5k will promote physical activity from all age groups, but special focus will be given to mobilizing inner-city youth and military families. We will engage multi-generational involvement from individuals, families, schools, churches, businesses and community organizations. 

Date: Saturday, September 27th, 2014 

Time: 9:00 a.m. 

 Location: The Ridgeway Loop (Finish Line at High Point Church, 6000 Sweetbriar Avenue, 38120)