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Days Where Adventure and Wellness Tourism Intersect


The Covington Fuzz Run 

Whether you prefer to start your day with a fast-paced run or walk, you can participate in a 5K race while getting a healthy dose of inspiration. Hosted by the Covington Police Department, the 36th Annual Fuzz Run includes a 5K race, 1-mile fun run/walk, and Mary Beth’s Bird Run (Dash). Imagine the joy of cheering on your little one as he or she runs the Mary Beth’s Bird Run (Dash). You both can find inspiration as Officer Matt Cooper, who was injured in the line of duty on Labor Day 2018, leads the way in the 1-mile fun run/walk. Then, be a role model when your little one gets inspired while watching you race in the 5K. Road races are great examples of where adventure tourism intersects with wellness tourism. The Covington Fuzz Run is no exception with its 5K course that passes through historic downtown Covington. Running a 5K like this can bring an emotional high that is unique when you add in the adventure of running past sites used in popular movies and television shows. More than 60 TV and movie productions were filmed in this area, so you can fantasize about stepping where some of your favorite stars have stepped. Register on site for the Covington Fuzz Run at 8 a.m. during race day on Saturday, September 14 at Legion Field. All proceeds raised from the Fuzz Run go to the Police Who Care, Inc. Fund. 

Main Street Fall Scavenger Hunt 

After the excitement of the Fuzz Run, turn your attention to the perfect low-stress, leisurely activity for you, yet brings total excitement to the kids! The Main Street Fall Scavenger Hunt is an adventure with teams of 3-5 people. Your family and friends can enjoy the thrill of adventure as you search for clues that lead to “treasures”. Your team will have two hours of fun around the downtown square as you find the items on a checklist. Register beforehand by emailing your team name with the names of your team members to amcdaniel@newtonchamber.com, and then meet at Covington Square for the Fall Scavenger Hunt at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 14th. 

Yellow River Paddle and Jam 

Save the date of Saturday, October 26th for another great day of adventure and wellbeing. Begin your day with an adventurous, 7-mile, flat water-paddle on the Yellow River Trail in Porterdale. The Georgia Conservancy and the Yellow River Water Trail are hosting the Yellow River Paddle and providing the bus shuttle to the put-in at Mt. Tabor Road. Therefore, they take the stress out of transporting you and your kayak/canoe to the put-in location. The water trail provides you with healthy exercise from paddling while offering relaxation. You’ll float along the river with its intimate, natural beauty. This gem has some unique aspects to add to the adventure. You’ll paddle beneath cool bridges along with some old bridge remnants. Then, you’ll be tempted to stop at a sandbar for a picnic and play on the rope swings. The paddle trip ends at Yellow River Park where adventure tourism intersects with wellness tourism. To attend the Yellow River Jam, head to one of Porterdale’s most beautiful gems – the Porter Memorial Gymnasium, which is an acoustically astounding and lovely, open air venue. The historic venue is an experience in itself that will fascinate you with its immense, brick walls and open sky. As you enjoy the ambiance, taste selections of brews while being mesmerized by soulful sounds that energize. The music starts at 3 p.m. with artists that include headliner Kevin Kinney, Gringo Star, Parker Gispert, The High Divers, Shantih Shantih, and Tedo Stone. It’s the perfect ending to a day of adventure and wellness. Special discount pricing to the Yellow River Jam ends on September 24th so get your tickets now at https://www.theyellowriverjam.com/the-tickets.

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