Get Fit Iredell to host Dance-A-Thon during Saturday's Arbor Day Celebration

Posted at 6:22 PM on Apr 16, 2018



Get Fit Iredell invites the community to dance the morning away at its 2nd Annual Dance-A-Thon on Saturday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Statesville Soccer Complex, located at 2012 Simonton Drive.

This free event for all ages will be at the middle shelter at the soccer complex. Students and staff from Betty’s School of Dance will be on hand to lead participants in a variety of dance styles to get folks moving.

After the free Fun K run, runners and other attendees are invited over to learn some new dance steps and show off their moves.

Organizations will also have booths set up at the associated Arbor Day event with giveaways. Arts and crafts, tree giveaways, activities for kids, farmers market vendors, food trucks, and music will continue until 2 p.m.



Planning is also underway for the GFI’s Family Frenzy event, a cooperative effort of coalition members Iredell County Parks and Recreation, Troutman Parks and Recreation, and the Statesville and Lowe's YMCAs.

Families are invited to come out for a variety of activities, an obstacle course, music, and fun on Sunday, May 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Stumpy Creek Park on Perth Road, a few miles south of Troutman.


Sara Lewis of the United Way of Iredell County also urged Get Fit Iredell member organizations to get involved with the Longest Table event, which set for Tuesday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Statesville High School stadium track.

The event invites people from all walks of life to come together to share a meal and conversation and foster new friendships, according to Iredell County United Way Executive Director Brett Eckerman.

The Longest Table’s goal is to build a better sense of community and use these new connections to strengthen camaraderie in Iredell County, said Eckerman.

Seating will be assigned when participants check in at the event. The goal is to have everyone sit with people they do not already know so that new relationships can be built and new conversations started.

After building everyone’s confidence and ability to reach out to one another, organizers hope that these new connections will bridge gaps in future community planning decisions.

Lewis hopes that the communal table will reach at least halfway around the track this year.

Those interested can reserve their tickets at or call United Way at 704-872-3000. Lead sponsor for the event is Cheney Brothers Distribution.


Get Fit Iredell is a community partnership of local agencies that designs and promotes active living opportunities to improve the health of Iredell County community members.

For more information on more high energy activities to get friends and family moving, visit or

To speak to a GFI representative, contact Brett Eckerman at 704-872-3000 or email him at

The next meeting of Get Fit Iredell is on May at the Statesville Fitness and Activity Center at 1877 Simonton Road at May 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.


Members and sponsors include the United Way, Iredell County Health Department, Iredell County Parks and Recreation, Statesville Recreation Department, Troutman Recreation Department, Statesville YMCA, Lowes YMCA, Girl Scouts, Davis Regional Medical Center, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Piedmont Healthcare, Iredell Health System, Iredel County Partnership for Young Children, Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts, Faithful Steps, Kewaunee Scientific Corporation, Frutel, and the Town of Mooresville.

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