Avery Hovey had no idea how fleet of foot she is until she hit the track during Triton College’s first ever Fun Family Fitness Day event on Saturday, June 3.
The speedy 8-year-old from Melrose Park was the first to cross the finish line during the event’s quarter mile Fun Run, in which participants scampered around the new outdoor track that surrounds the East Campus Athletic Complex’s multi-purpose field.
“It was very exciting, it was the first time I’ve actually won a race,” Avery said.
Actually, everyone who participated in Fun Family Fitness Day was a winner, which also included a ‘STEM in Soccer’ event that showed children how sports and science overlap, as well as a Zumba class, healthy snacks and other activities.
Avery attended the event with her mother Rose Ellen, and her 4-year-old sister Fiona, who also attends preschool at Triton College.
“It was great, it was fun to see her run on the track, she’s very fast,” Rose Ellen Hovey said. “My other daughter likes the soccer, it’s fun to watch her do that too. I think both my daughters found some new talents.”
Fun Family Fitness Day is the latest in a growing list of events that the Hovey family has enjoyed over the years on Triton’s campus.
“We come to the Fall Family Fun Fest, we like the (Triton Troupers) circus, we do the movie on the mounds in the summer, so they have a lot of nice events here,” Rose Ellen added.
Dr. Juilianne Murphy, who serves as the department chair of Triton’s Health, Sport and Exercise department, helped organize Fun Family Fitness Day. For her, it was a way to inspire families to live a healthy lifestyle.
“We wanted them to know that they could come to our campus to work out, to use our outdoor walking track, and to learn more about health and fitness.” Dr. Murphy said.
The event was also a great way for area families to check out the new upgrades to Triton’s athletic complex on the east side of campus, and learn about the variety of summer programs available to children.
The renovations include new synthetic turf baseball and softball fields in addition to the multi-purpose field that is ready to host football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse and other events. The track that surrounds the multi-purpose field is open for public use Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Avery Hovey, 8, of Melrose Park poses with Troy and Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore after completing the Fun Run at Triton College’s Fun Family Fitness Day on June 3.