“Get Fit Naturally” At Ohio
America facing an obesity crisis, OMBC has teamed up with Ohio State Parks and mountain
bike clubs that make up 1000+ registered members of the Ohio Mountain Bike
Association, along with the Ohio Chapter of the Spoke Junkies to help promote
the “Get Fit Naturally” Program, a series of free non-competitive rides
designed to encourage the public to walk, ride or run at Ohio State Parks.
“Get Fit” rides are FREE to the public
riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome
at your own pace, no one is left behind
rides will begin at 11am unless
In addition to promoting physical fitness in a fun
atmosphere, “Get Fit Naturally” emphasizes that this is a program that entire
families can participate in together.
“Ohio State Parks are the perfect
recreational venues for families. And with the ‘Get Fit Naturally’ program we
can encourage adults, teens and youngsters to have fun together and improve
their physical fitness,” Dan West, former Chief of Ohio State Parks
The mission of the “Get Fit Naturally” program is to help
raise public awareness about the importance of living a healthier lifestyle and
highlight the growing opportunities and trail access at Ohio State Parks. Our
goal is also to introduce the public to recreational mountain biking and
mountain bike racing through a series of competitive and non-competitive events
for all ages.
Anyone may participate in the group mountain bike ride, run,
or walk led by host clubs on designated mountain bike trails. Many of these
events will be followed by official OMBC mountain bike races/festivals that are
open to the public.
This years Get Fit schedule will include several stops at
Ohio State Parks.
What should I bring?
If you are a biker, you will need a mountain bike, helmet,
water bottle or camelback. You may wish to bring a snack since rides can vary
in length, depending on your ability and fitness level. You may also wish to
wear bike gloves to protect your hands, sun glasses or other protective
eyewear, a jacket and a spare bicycle tube. Runners and Walkers are also
What if I’ve never
First time mountain bikers are welcome and this is a perfect
time to get started since rides are led by experienced mountain bikers who know
the trails and can help you get started. Most club led rides will follow a well
marked OMBC race course.
What is the cost?
That’s the best part! “Get Fit Naturally” group rides are
free to the public
Who are the Spokejunkies?
The Spokejunkies are a group of fun-loving
yet serious recreational riders. Members range in age from 16 (the
group-imposed minimum unless accompanied by a riding parent) to, well, let's
just say they're old enough that they'd rather we not say. From blue collar
shift workers to PhD-toting psychologists, the Spokejunkies
appeal to all with one common factor, the quest for a great ride and a good
time. They offer the beginner a forum to ride in a large group while learning
valuable information from more experienced riders.
What happens on a
“Get Fit” ride?
On the day of a ride, we meet in a designated parking site
at the trailhead to gear up. Bikes are tuned, group introductions are made and
new members are welcomed. Then, we self-divide (depending on group size) into
smaller groups by riding ability, faster riders toward the front, and slower
riders to the rear.
Group leaders are given walkie-talkies to maintain contact
during the ride (for directional assistance as well as for aid in case of
emergency). When everyone is ready, we hit the trail.
What happens if I get
a flat or need to stop for a break?
No one is left behind. Club riders all look out for one
another and come to the aid of those needing assistance, with spare parts,
extra water, and as much bike repair knowledge as they can collectively
How far do you ride?
Distances vary by trail, but an average ride is between 10
to 15 miles. At the end of most rides, club members head to a local favorite
eatery to refuel themselves and rehash stories of amazing riding feats.
2013 GET FIT
NATURALLY RIDE SCHEDULE
RIDE DETAILS AT www.spokejunkies.com
Date Location: City
APRIL 27 (SAT) MOHICAN
STATE PARK LOUDONVILLE
MAY 5 (SUN) SCIOTO
TRAILS STATE PARK CHILLICOTHE
JUNE 22 (SAT) LAKE
HOPE STATE PARK ATHENS
AUGUST 10 (SAT) WEST
BRANCH STATE PARK RAVENNA
AUGUST 24 (SAT) DILLON
STATE PARK ZANESVILLE
SEPT 14 (SAT) ALUM CREEK
STATE PARK COLUMBUS
OCT 6 (SUN) MOHICAN
STATE PARK LOUDONVILLE
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