Olympic Day 2016 to Promote Fitness


On June 23, cities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day 2016 with various activities.

Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games in 1894, Olympic Day is celebrated in more than 160 countries. It aims to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. It also encourages the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

Although the annual holiday is June 23, celebrations occur the entire month of June. The U.S. Olympic Committee will work with 10,000 Olympians and Paralympians to share their experiences at as many Olympic Day celebrations as possible.

USA BMX is participating by offering a free day of BMX at participating tracks around the country, according to PRWeb. Across Illinois, the participating tracks are in Elgin, Farmer City, Waukegan, East Moline, Brighton, Springfield and Rockford.

Other places in Illinois hosting Olympic Day events are the Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Rowing Foundation and Windy City Driving. More local events can be found here.

For more information, please contact the Olympic Day Hotline at (719) 866-4535 or [email protected]

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.