By Barbara Sprunt
For The Daily Item
MILTON — When Jeff Shaffer, business and education coordinator for the Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, needed a fundraising idea, he thought about his own hobbies.
“As part of my job, I get to find unique ways to raise funds for our associations like the Milton YMCA,” he said. “I thought, why not do something that I have a personal interest in?”
So Shaffer, who has achieved success with weight loss and fitness, decided that this fundraising event will feature a little circuit training, swimming, Zumba and Kung Fu.
“I lost 90 pounds four years ago and kept it off by exercising,” he said. With his fitness history as his inspiration, Shaffer said he hopes this new event will encourage others to take active roles in their health.
“I want to pay it forward, so to speak,” he explained.
That’s how “Beat the Heat” was born.
The event — in part benefiting a chamber project — will run from 9 to noon July 27 in the air-conditioned gymnasium at the Milton YMCA, 12 Bound Ave.
People of all fitness levels are encouraged to come and challenge themselves for a good cause, he said.
“Beat the Heat” is a circuit training event that includes pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, lunges, burpees and jumping jacks. Modifications of each exercise will be offered so that everyone can participate.
The challenge? Perform as many repetitions as possible of each exercise in one-minute intervals. One minute of rest will be given in between each exercise, giving eight minutes of rest to a 16-minute circuit. Participants must be at least 15 years old.
Circuit training not your thing? No problem. The event has something for everyone: Zumba and Kung Fu classes, an open swim and live music by local band Triple Dose. Free day care will be provided for families of participants.
The top male and female finishers in three age categories will be awarded medals in each exercise. Plaques will be given to the top male and female overall, and trophies will be awarded to the top team.
People can register by going to www.centralpachamber.com/events and clicking on July 27. Paper registration forms are available at the Milton YMCA and the chamber office. The cost is $25 for individuals and $20 each for those who register together as a team of four. Event T-shirts are included. Pre-registration is required by Tuesday.
Proceeds will benefit the JST DRV initiative of the chamber and the annual support campaign for the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA.
JST DRV (Just Drive) is a program that provides driver safety instruction to young drivers, because many area school districts are eliminating theory and on-the-road driver training.
For questions and sponsorship opportunities, call Shaffer at (570) 742-7341 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.