Decatur Aquatics

30 05 2009

Active Living Director Dan McGee writes in to let us know that the city is offering a smorgasbord (my word, not his) of new aquatics programs this summer.  Click the poster below for details on all of this year’s adult and kid classes along with info on pool memberships, fees and rentals.

Dan also notes that in addition to the Glenlake bathhouse opening next Friday, improvements are also coming soon to Ebster pool – the only city pool with a diving board and deep end!

The Public Art Bicycle Safari

26 04 2009


From Bill and Amy at The Seen Gallery

The Public Art Bicycle Safari is beginning it’s second year. This morning, bike riders began at The Seen Gallery to explore some of the oldest neighborhoods in Decatur and Atlanta and discover wall murals, sculpture and art parks. The Seen Gallery, now located in downtown Decatur, is once again hosting the start and finish of the ride. Beginning at 9:00 am, riders were invited to view the Seen Gallery art exhibit, have some coffee and Danish, and enjoy the new gallery space. Java Monkey, new fence and all, gave the riders an extra boost with $1.00 coffee for the Safariers (is that a word?). The course is 20 miles long with moderate hills and lots of stops to view the public art. The course is never far from a MARTA train station. The Next planned ride is May 31, starting in the morning from the Gallery.

Rec Center Master Plan Input Session Tonight

13 04 2009

If you can safely make it over to the Rec Center this evening, there’s a Public Imput Session on the Master Plan at 7p.  From Dan Magee…

City Residents: You are invited to the next public input session for the Decatur Recreation Center master plan on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street. The City of Decatur is developing a master plan to direct future improvements to the city’s 50 year old recreation center. The first session was held on Tuesday, Dec. 9th and focused on a review of the existing facility, an overview of recreation/community center facilities in similar communities, and invited public discussion around a series of questions to identify program needs and priorities for the building.

Decatur’s Active Living division needs your help in planning how the building can be modernized to serve future community needs. After mid-2009, the Center will no longer be used for high school athletics. This offers an opportunity to consider its future use, especially the 10,000-square-foot gym. LP3 Architects have used information gathered at the December public meeting, from user surveys and from discussions with patrons to develop a preliminary plan for improvements to “the Rec.”

Active Living Advisory Board Members Announced

30 03 2009

No lack of talent in this city.

Rus sends along the list of the selected board members for Decatur’s newly created Active Living Advisory Board.  I believe I heard that there were over 20 candidates for these eight positions.

Bill Adams, Chair – Real Estate, volunteer coach, youth sports

Sally Brozek  – registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator

Michael Harbin – software system development/maintenance, youth sports, high school booster club

Wendy Heaps, MPH – CDC, health/wellness program development for large business org., teen program volunteer

Mamie Jennings Mabery – Public Health Informaticist@CDC, personal fitness trainer,walker, runner, tennis player

Michael Pratt, MD,MPH,MSPE – Public Health Physician/CDC, Physical Activity and Health branch, Exercise Physiology

Don Rigger – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Volunteer Coach at Decatur Rec and High School

Parky Rogers  – Junior Achievement, Safe Routes to School/Injury Prevention, Decatur Cooperative Ministry

Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH – Pediatric Gastroenterologist/Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Bike Emory

ING Direct Marathon Sunday

27 03 2009

Photo Courtesy of The Decatur Minute

Even if running 26.2 miles on a Sunday morning isn’t your thing, you might want to consider adding Sunday’s ING Direct Marathon to the ol’ calendar.

Why?  Two reasons.

One, Decatur needs you to cheer at the “official” cheering station in front of Fellini’s on Commerce Drive at 7am, so the city can regain its title of “Best Cheering Station” in the metro area.  Candler Park took that honor from us last year.  The winner gets a cool $10,000 to put toward worthwhile orgs like the Decatur Youth Fund.

But even if you have no desire hold an orange sign and scream your brains out, you need to know because certain roads in and around Decatur will close throughout the morning to allow runners to circle the city.

Here’s the map and list of street closures.

Fleet Feet Learn-to-Run 5k Program

5 03 2009


Kim from Fleet Feet Decatur sends in details about a new 5k Run program designed to help new runners take on the Virginia-Highland 5k the first weekend of June.

Runmotivated with No Boundaries!
This spring, join Fleet Feet Decatur to run or walk your first 5K. Our No Boundaries program focuses on beginners, but all levels of runners and walkers are welcome. Sponsored by New Balance and Fleet Feet Sports, the program is designed to help you cross the finish line in 10 weeks. Along the way, we’ll be providing you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational seminars on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear, and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you!

Registration: Registration is now available at Fleet Feet Decatur – 431 W Ponce de Leon Ave in Downtown Decatur. Receive $5 off your registration if you register before March 15. Registration is available through March 31.

Informational Sessions: Stop by the store to learn more about the program on March 5 at 6:00 p.m., March 14 at 10:00 a.m. and March 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Kick-Off Sessions/Packet Pick-Up: Saturday, March 21, at 9:30 a.m. OR Tuesday, March 24, at 9:30 a.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Group Runs: We will meet to run or walk twice a week: on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. OR Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. AND Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.

Training Dates: Training will begin on Tuesday, March 31, and continue through the goal race. Our target race is the Virginia Highlands Summerfest 5K race on June 6.

Cost: $80 for training session (includes coaching, educational seminars, free technical t-shirt and jacket and coupon booklet). Price does not include $20 race registration.
Questions? Email Fleet Feet Decatur at or visit one of our informational sessions.

New FitWit Fitness Camp Starts Monday

21 02 2009

A good friend of mine, who swears by FitWit “boot camp”, asked me to post this info about their new camp session that starts on Monday.

Sounds like they are now using DHS during cooler temps, plus they’ve added an evening class that starts at 6p for those of us who just can’t manage the 6a class.  Also I didn’t realize they give discounts to educators, with the biggest discount of all going to CSD employees.  Can’t beat that!

See below for more info…or just click here to register.

FitWit Fitness Camp – Get in shape & give back to the community!

Next Camp – February 23 – April 3 – Join our fitness camp community and discover why 90% of our campers return and why 70% have never left. Every day presents a new challenge as campers push, pull, lunge, crawl, jump, run, sweat and laugh themselves into the best shape of their lives, and in the process, they meet their new best friends. AND a portion of your camp fee funds The FitWit Foundation – our own non-profit organization that provides free fitness programs for low-income children in Metro Atlanta.  Employees of schools and non-profits (to include universities) first-time sign up at $289 instead of $359 PLUS we’ll donate $30 back to the school or organization for every employee/parent that signs up.  This special rate is not on the website, so email for details. 1-888-534-8948.  If you work for City of Decatur Schools, call for an even better value!

Final Basketball Game at “The Rec”

30 01 2009

With the impending renovation of the Decatur Recreation Center and a new athletic complex much closer to home, the DHS basketball team is arranging their final farewells to “The Rec”.

After 50 years of playing in “The Rec”, Decatur High School has scheduled their last basketball game in the Decatur Recreation Center for Friday, February 13, 2009 against Blessed Trinity.

Next season, all DHS basketball games will be played on campus in the new athletic complex.  To celebrate the final game, players and coaches of the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams who have played in “The Rec” over the years are invited to come to the game for a time to remember and reminisce.  There will be a reception in a hospitality room for all returning players.  There will also be a recognition ceremony for all former players and coaches in attendance between the girls’ and boys’ game. The girls’ game will start at 5:00pm and the boys’ game will start following the recognition ceremony.

If there are any former players or coaches who are interested in attending, please contact Brent Eickhoff at Decatur High School.  His email address is and his phone number is 404-643-0669.  Please give your name and year of graduation.  There will be a sign-in table in the lobby of “The Rec” when you arrive.

ING Marathon Community Meeting

14 01 2009

The city’s special events coordinator Cheryl Burnette let’s us know that marathon season is just around the corner…

The community is invited to attend an ING Marathon Community Information Meeting on Thursday, February 5th from 6 – 7pm in the City Commission Room at Decatur City Hall. Organizers from ING will be there to answer questions as well as give information about volunteering, the Community Challenge, the race route and more. The event is scheduled, Sunday, March 29th.

The City of Decatur will be staffing two water stations again this year, as well as have a cheering section. And of course, we will be competing to win once again!

The first year of the marathon, Decatur won 1st place in the neighborhood challenge (and $10,000 to boot!).  Last year, our cheering  ranked second behind Candler Park and we received a $5,000 prize.  So this year, we’ve gotta step it up and reclaim our title, showing Candler Park that we are the true champions when it comes to screaming and corny rhyming signs!

Train For ING Marathon with Fleet Feet

4 12 2008

From Kim at Fleet Feet Decatur

ING Georgia Half Marathon Training Program at Fleet Feet Decatur
WHO: You! Anybody looking for a fun group to train with for the ING Georgia Half Marathon on Mar. 29, 2009. First-timers welcome!
WHAT: 15-week training program with weekly group runs (long runs will take place on Saturday mornings)
WHEN: Training begins Dec. 13, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. In-store sign up has already begun!
WHERE: Three Fleet Feet locations – Decatur, Johns Creek, Lawrenceville
WHY: Because you can do anything!
COST: $75 (includes Saucony jacket and technical tee, coached training program, e-newsletter with training tips, $5 off race registration)
Sign-up is available in the store or prior to the program kick-off from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Dec. 13. Email or visit our website for more information.
Discounted marathon and half marathon race registration will be available in the store through Mar. 13, 2008. Make sure you join the Fleet Feet Sports team when registering!

Cool idea!