Free! 6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

6th Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Celebration

Sunday, June 16th 10am to 12pm

Silver Spring Civic Center, At Veterans Plaza
8525 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Hosted By: 
Fit Fathers Founder Kimatni D. Rawlins

– Empowering dads, father figures, families and kids –

On Father’s Day join us for a “fun-for-all” group exercise and health celebration with trainers Michelangelo Bance, Tiffani Jenkins and Conscious Crusade. Enjoy dynamic boxing routines from Coach T of Hard Training Club, healthy snacks, fitness games, an interactive playground and tunes from DJ Blinks. Win over $2,500 in prizes from Sean John, JBL Audio, Turtle Wax, Vibram, Bose, Live Nation and Strider by competing in the Mr. Fit Father push-up contest and female plank challenge.

All fitness levels and ages. Special tribute to Hip Hop Fathers!

– Basketball demo from Pat The Roc and jump rope performance by the Greenbelt SITY Stars –

*Groove & Flow yoga begins at 10 am sharp so please arrive by 9:30am

Auto Fit car show featuring active lifestyle vehicles from VW, Chrysler, Mazda, Kia and Nissan!

 

** For all things Silver Spring visit www.SilverSpringDowntown.com **

A special thank you to media partner “Radio One” known on the air as:     

93.9 WKYS, The Team 980 – Redskins Radio, WOL-AM 1450,
Spirit 1340 – WYCB
, WMMJ – Majic 102.3 – 92.7 and  Praise 104.1

 

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Stay active, eat clean and continue to energize your life!

Brought to you by Volkswagen, Meatless Monday, Mazda, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Radio-One, Mom’s Organic Market, The Washington Auto Show, Road Runner Sports, Bose, Striders, ZICO, Soul Cycle, Wegmans, JBL Audio, Kia, Hip Hop Fathers, and Vibram, the Father’s Day celebration provides dads with the tools needed to engage their families toward increased fitness, ultimate wellness and positive, nutritional habits while honoring the true meaning of fatherhood.

Fit Fathers Day also highlights the amazing work of our community partners including Men’s Health Network, WAPA, Lleft Entertainment, Kids After Hours, Powerful Beyond Measure, PanLara, Daddy’s Cool, African American Health Program, Sean John, Live Nation, Mocha Moms, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Police, Downtown Silver Spring, Make Smart Cool, Great Kids Events, DMV Social, Vitality Health and Wellness Center and The Fit Solution.

National Ambassadors: Super Bowl Champions Jason and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots. The McCourty twins were recognized for their work on and off the field and named Walter Payton Man of the Year. “We have seen firsthand the devastating consequences of sickle cell on family members and chose to use our platform to help families in similar situations,” said Jason.

Marathon Presenting Partners

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10K Training Partners

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5K Community Partners

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2020 Jeep Gladiator: Adventure Driven

The compelling moniker of Jeep’s latest machine sounds like a newly introduced hero from Avengers: End Game. While off-roading through the outskirts of Sacramento Automotive Rhythms discovered the beastly nature of the 2020 midsize Jeep Gladiator while simultaneously witnessing its powerful capabilities in various scenarios such as scaling down trails of boulders and creeping through mud like navy seals. After experiencing dozens of 4×4 adventures from Jeep and other truck brands, the Gladiator is like a chess grandmaster utilizing strategic power moves during the endgame to outmaneuver the competition. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers Open Face Bean Tacos

Mother Earth needs love, respect and care to sustain vitality so let’s begin by preparing meals that nourish and do not harm either her or us. For Meatless Monday we have prepared these ultra-fulfilling Open Face Bean Tacos using Gardein Beefless Ground crumbles. Trust us, you will want more after downing the first because this meal is so scrumptious.

Serves 5 with a 40-minute prep and cook time

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of Gardein Beefless Ground
  • ¼ onion
  • ½ bell pepper (red, orange, yellow)
  • 1 can of white cannellini beans
  • ½ can of black beans
  • Thyme, garlic salt
  • ½ cup butternut squash
  • ½ can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • ½ can of tomato sauce
  • Choice of taco sauce
  • 1 pack of artisan organic corn tortillas
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cabbage
  • 1 avocado

Start by mashing the white cannellini beans and season with thyme and garlic salt. Afterwards put to the side in a bowl. Next, sauté the butternut squash with the tomato sauce and crushed fire roasted tomatoes for 10 minutes. Simultaneously in another pan mix and cook (low heat) the Gardein Beefless Ground crumbles, black beans and diced onions for 10 minutes. Add taco seasoning and garlic salt. This will be the main filling for your open face tacos.

Then sauté the cabbage and peppers (cut in this strips). Warm the tortillas and spread with the mashed cannellini beans and then layer with the Gardein mixture. Lastly, top with the cabbage and peppers. Serve the avocado slices either on the side or also on top. Add your favorite taco sauce of choice and dig in!

2019 Subaru Forester Touring: Adventure on the Go

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Aside from the performance happy WRX, the entire Subaru lineup makes you feel like an adventure is forthcoming once you get behind the wheel. Whether it’s a family camping excursion or a mountain bike meetup with the “Fit Fathers” crew, the go-anywhere utilities are indicative of active lifestyles. I felt no different when a 2019 Crimson Red Pearl Subaru Forester Touring was delivered to our headquarters for a weekly review. Immediately I tossed my Ghost Kato 7 hardtail in the back and hit the trails for the first time this season. [Read more…]

Fit Fathers “WONDER PARK” Power Lunch

In honor of Paramount’s upcoming animation movie dubbed WONDER PARK, Fit Fathers has prepared the perfect power lunch if you were WONDERing what to pack your kids for an adventurous day. So, let us show you how to create lunch in a pinch!

Of course every child loves a classic bean burrito since they are filling and easy to hold and eat. Yet, we always ascertain that our recipe iterations are as healthy as possible to keep the young ones energized and alert.

The burrito features a whole grain wrap, organic black beans, brown rice, organic lettuce and tomatoes, a few onions and avocado slices. They will also want a sugar fix while running around the park so we blended a fruit smoothie to keep their clock ticking with natural sugars from a banana, blueberry, strawberry, mango and ice mix. Snacks include a trail mix for healthy fats, peanut butter crackers and one whole banana if they have room left. Water is to keep them hydrated and cool.

Check out the new trailer for Wonder Park HERE! and don’t miss it in theatres March 15. Enjoy the grub!

Swim, Bike, Run: Quantico Tri

The Quantico Tri features a start near Officer Candidates School with a 750 meter open water swim in the Potomac River. Athletes transition to a 20K (12.4 mile) cycle tour of the Marine Corps Base that was founded in 1917. The Quantico Tri concludes with a 5K run, the distance every Marine must complete annually as part of the Marine Corps physical fitness test. For those desiring only to run, the MCM offers the Quantico 12K to be hosted alongside the Quantico Tri. The run is a perfect distance at the perfect time in MCM training.

Date: 8:24:19

Registration: http://www.marinemarathon.com/events/quantico-triathlon/registration

 

The Ethiopian Experience: Trekking the Highlands of Lalibela

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Selam, and welcome to “the origin,” the African nation that has never been colonized by Europeans. Look up The Battle of Adwa where King Menelik II defeated the Italians in an epic sequence of historical consequence. So finally, after years of research, readings, teachings and listening to roots reggae rhythms epitomizing The Promised Land, I finally took the requisite steps needed for a transformative Ethiopian experience as part of my 6th Annual Nomadic Journey in Addis Ababa and Lalibela.

I ventured to Ethiopia for its strength, Abyssinian culture, veggie injera meals, traditional Eskista shoulder dance up close and to breathe with deep spirit from the highlands of Lalibela. I began the excursion upon landing into Addis Ababa, the capital and largest city of Ethiopia, while enjoying many of the historic sites including the National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopian National Theatre, Ethnological Museum, the Red Terror Martyr’s Museum, Menelik Palace in the Entoto Hills and the Historic Kidist Selassie Cathedral which is the highest-ranking Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in the city. Sarcastically, I was also also looking for freedom fighting singer Teddy Afro, the Bob Marley of Ethiopia. Listen to any one of his classics and you will be become an instant devotee. Trust me! [Read more…]

Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey — where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom — brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya.

Majestic, serene and spiritual scenes left me in awe for the entirety of the trip and ultimately fulfilled some of my profoundest, transcendental aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance I’ve earned a prestigious position for exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day which is a national holiday celebrated December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s attaining of independence. As you can imagine people were rejoicing with adulation across the country. [Read more…]

Fasting Friday by Fit Fathers: Awaken the Spirit

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Welcome to Fasting Friday, where we will allow the body’s organs to heal, rest and recharge by way of abstinence from food for a 24-hour period.

Each week, commencing at sunrise on Friday mornings, the plan is to drink only warm water (preferably with the juice of freshly-squeezed lemons), decaf herbal teas and coconut water for those who will exercise. The goal is to release toxins, strengthen life force, help reduce adipose fat, bolster self-control and reinforce brainpower.  [Read more…]

Plant-Based Weight Loss: Maximize Your Exercise Plan

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When it comes to losing weight, the classic formula has long been to “eat less and exercise more.” Yet, people often overestimate how many calories they have burned through exercise while underestimating how many calories they are consuming in a given meal. On top of that, research has shown that vigorous exercise tends to increase our appetites, leading us to consume more calories than we otherwise would. Thus, if your only goal is shedding pounds, your first priority should always be a healthy diet–specifically, a whole food, plant-based diet that is packed with nutrients but lower in calories. (Scientists now know that getting enough sleep plays an essential role as well.) [Read more…]