Lackawanna County Cross Country Invitational Set

The annual Lackawanna County Commissioners Cross Country Invitational Race will be held on Saturday, September 12, from 9 AM to noon at McDade Park, Scranton, featuring high school athletes from a tri-state area. The top 25 finishers in the boys and girls junior high categories along with the girls and boys varsity divisions will also be recognized. Winning teams in each of the race categories will also be honored. Information on the meet is available from the County’s Parks & Recreation Department at 570-963-6764.

L-r, William Davis, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Commissioner Jim Wansacz, Jack McAuliffe and Dave Grecco, Meet Co-Chairmen; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and John DeNunzio, Parks & Recreation staff.

“Fit-N-Fun” Healthy Lackawanna Program

An initiative designed to “make Lackawanna healthy,” reduce obesity, control blood pressure and other vitals, and promote a wellness way of life will be officially kicked-off on June 27 at McDade Park, Scranton.

Commissioners Jim Wansacz, Patrick M. O’Malley and Edward G. Staback explained that “Fit-N-Fun Days at the County’s parks are being combined with the popular Family Fun Day series and will focus on various recreational activities and physical fitness/exercise routines that will cater to people from ages eight to eighty.

This free program will be offered on the following dates at County parks from 11 AM to 2 PM:  McDade Park, June 27; Covington Park, July 11; Aylesworth Park, July 25; and Merli-Sarnoski Park, August 8.

The wellness activities will be supervised by professionals from Geisinger CMC and The Wright Center and other individuals who are involved in fitness programs.

Residents will be able to try such age appropriate activities as aerobics, tai chi, yoga, running and dance to gauge if it works for them as part of their fitness regimen.  The point of this “exercise sampling” is to continue the activities at several spas, gyms or fitness centers in our community.

Physicians and representatives from local health care organizations, such as The Wright Center for Primary Care and Geisinger Health System will be providing free blood pressure screenings, tobacco cessation information and nutritional resources and promoting other health-focused initiatives at the events.

There will be a variety of games, activities and exercise opportunities for those who attend.  McDade Park also offers families the opportunity to inspect the coal mine tour and anthracite museum.

Links to various wellness programs and services, practitioners, and general resource information will be available on the County’s website