Fun-Filled Fitness at the Griswold Center in 2015

Amazing Race (3)For many people, the new calendar year represents a time for fresh starts and resolutions. Perhaps nowhere is this more prevalent than in the area of fitness. Fortunately, the folks at the Griswold Center are ready for the onslaught of activity with several new fitness programs in 2015. Here's a closer look at the many ways they plan to help members stay fit. Griswold Amazing Race Kickoff – January 7 – 12:30 p.m.

Back for the fifth year in a row, the Amazing Race is not actually a race, but a challenge to accumulate "miles" by exercising and completing other activities. The overall goal is to encourage folks to adopt healthier lifestyles. This year the fun-filled, 10-week adventure challenges participants to "race" up the Appalachian Trail, an estimated 2,180-mile wilderness footpath from Spring Mountain, Georgia, to Baxter Peak in central Maine, taking participants through many challenges, roadblocks and detours.

Here's how it works: Individuals accumulate "miles" by exercising, attending health and wellness programs, and answering fitness- and wellness-related trivia. The program is specially structured with three components so people of varying fitness levels can easily participate. At the end of the challenge, which runs from January 12 to March 21, participants are honored with a celebration that includes prizes, t-shirts and other goodies. An important kickoff event takes place on January 7 with speaker Clark Donley, news director for Sunny 95 radio.

Kick the Winter Blahs – February 18 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This is kickball like you've never experienced it before. Instead of playing by the rules, these fun-loving kickball fanatics run the bases from third to first and kick the ball with their opposite foot. They also use balls of all sizes. With "rules" like these, they should have no problem kicking the winter blahs with some good, old-fashioned fun. Players will also enjoy a pizza lunch, plenty of laughs and prizes.

Ski Club – Every Thursday during January and February

If you can't fight the snow, you might as well enjoy it. That's the attitude these ski club enthusiasts embrace every week when they ride by bus for a day of skiing at either Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield (Jan. 15, 29; Feb. 12, 26) or Snow Trails in Mansfield (Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 19).

Learn More about the Griswold Center

The Griswold Center is a multi-purpose facility dedicated to providing quality programs and services to people 55 years of age or older and their spouses, regardless of age. All programs are also available to all adults over 18 years of age after member registration. For more information, visit or call 614-842-6320.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.