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Get Fit White Plains! Program Free 5K Family Fun Run and Walk Sunday

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The City of White Plains, along with Forme´ Urgent Care and Wellness Center, is leading the way towards better health this spring with Get Fit White Plains! Charity Miles Program, a citywide, month-long effort aimed at jump starting residents fitness routines while at the same time raising funds for charity.

The Program begins with a Free 5K Family Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m., at the Highlands Middle School, Parker Track (rain or shine). On-site registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The 5K will feature a festive, family-friendly atmosphere with music, face painters, balloons, raffles, vendors and free t-shirts (while supplies last). Certified instructors of the White Plains YMCA will lead a dynamic warm-up. Following the 5K, which can be run and/or walked at your own pace, there will be a free raffle featuring items donated from Life Time Athletics, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sofos Chiropractic Care, Big Apple Smoothie and Forme´ Urgent Care and Wellness Center.

Refreshments at the event are being supplied by Whole Foods. Additional sponsors of the Get Fit White Plains! Charity Miles program include the White Plains YMCA, YWCA of White Plains, Danny’s Cycles, Trader Joe’s, Barnum Financial Group, Dannon, Strata Health, Cycleworks and the Juneteenth Heritage Committee. Additional activities and programs will be offered throughout the City from May 4 to June 8.

How do my efforts to get fit help charity, you ask? Here’s how it works: The City of White Plains has created its own team (“#white plains”) on the Smartphone App known as Charity Miles. The App allows you to log your mileage while walking, running or biking. Each mile that is logged raises money for charity.

Funds earned through exercise can be directed to the following charities as you choose: Team RWB, Wounded Warrior Project, Every Mother Counts, Girls on the Run, Shot@ Life, The World Food Programme, Nothing But Nets, The Partnership for a Healthier America, Feeding America, RED, Stand Up to Cancer, ASPCA, Autism Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association, The Nature Conservancy, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Michael J. Fox Foundation,, Pencils of Promise, Soles4Souls, Special Olympics, She’s the First, Vision Spring, Crohn & Colitis Foundation of America, Achilles International and the Ironman Foundation.

Download the Charity Miles App at no charge. Charity Miles will donate on your behalf to the charity you select. Bikers will earn $1 for every 10 miles and walkers/ runners earn $1 for every 4 miles logged. To get started “Burning and Earning” for Team #White Plains using a smartphone go to your app store and locate Charity Miles. Download the app and register. After registering, click on the menu bar in the upper left corner of the screen and select “My Teams.” Press the “+” in the upper right corner and add our team name, #whiteplains. Now choose your charity. In the top portion, select walk, run, bike, indoor run, or indoor bike (for stationary machines) by sliding upper screen. Hit “Start,” and get moving. Every time you walk, run or bike, log on to Charity Miles to continue “Burning and Earning.”

To receive a full listing of all Get Fit White Plains! Charity Miles activities, as well as directions on how to download the Charity Miles App and begin “Burning and Earning, ”visit the City of White Plains website at or contact the White Plains Recreation and Parks Department at 914-422-1336.


Get Fit White Plains! Charity Mile 2014 Events Schedule

Pre-registration and registration fees may be required contact the sponsoring agency for requirements.

Sunday, May 4, 9 a.m. – Get Fit White Plains! Charity Mile 5K Family Fun Run and Walk: Food, fun, music, vendors, raffles and giveaways. Highlands Middle School, Parker Stadium (on-site registration begins at 8:15 a.m.) Free, White Plains Recreation and Parks, 914-422-1336.

Sunday, May 4 to Sunday, June 8 – Free One-week Guest Pass: Enjoy a complimentary one-week membership at the White Plains YMCA from May 4 – June 8, 2014. Stop by the YMCA for your one-week pass or download at

Wednesdays, May 7 to June 4, 6 p.m. – Open Spin Class: All levels welcome, beginners are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes prior to class start. Free, YWCA of White Plains, Brian Kaczmarek, 914-949-6227 ext. 208.

Wednesday, May 7 – White Plains Public Schools Walk/Bike to School Day

Friday, May 9, 8:20 p.m. – Glenn Louck’s 1 Mile Masters Run (men and women): White Plains High School (pre-registration required), $15;

Saturday, May 10, 8 a.m. – Glenn Louck’s 5K Road Race: White Plains High School, Bryant Ave. entrance (on-site registration begins at 7 a.m.) $20. Healthy snacks and refreshments provided by Whole Foods.

Saturday, May 17, 9:15 a.m. – Walk with the Mayor: Join Mayor Roach for a morning of walking at your own pace and distance. Eastview Middle School Track sponsored by the White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee; Free.

Sunday, May 18, 9:30 a.m. – Every Step Counts, Walk from Obesity Fun Walk/Run: White Plains High School Track sponsored by White Plains Hospital.

Wednesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Senior Health and Fitness Day: Make a Move Toward Better Health – Lectures, raffles, giveaways, food and group exercise. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital (pre-registration required) Free, call 914-422-1255.

Wednesday, May 28, 8 a.m. to Noon – Older Adult Day: White Plains YMCA, 250 Mamaroneck Ave. Free. Call 914-949-8030.

Saturday, May 31, 9:15 a.m. – Run with the Mayor: White Plains High School Track (on-site registration begins at 8:45 a.m.) Free. White Plains Recreation and Parks 914-422-1336.

Sunday, June 1, 9 a.m. – Walk Now for Autism Speaks: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Bloomingdale Road. For more information visit

Sunday, June 1, 10 a.m. – Biking Basics: Bicycle Safety lecture followed by a ride on your own to the Bronx River Pkwy for Bike Sunday. Bring your bike and helmet. White Plains Train Station (pre–register by calling 422-1336) Free. Sponsored by Cycleworks Cycling Center.

Sunday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 2p.m. – White Plains Lifestyles and Leisure Expo: Street Festival featuring Entertainment, Food and Vendors. Court St. sponsored by White Plains Business Improvement District. Free.

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