Fun, family-friendly activities planned at LP Field on May 5
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Last Monday, April 23rd, Mayor Karl Dean offered a sneak peek of games that will be played at the free, citywide Mayor's Field Day, his newest health challenge. He was joined by middle school students, Tennessee Titans wide receiver & kick return specialist Marc Mariani and Titans mascot T-Rac at LP Field for the preview of many of the on-field games that will be part of Mayor's Field Day. They include the following: UnitedHealthcare Team Trolley, Bridgestone Tire Roll, Vanderbilt Water Run, HCA Sack Hop and Kroger Football Toss.
Mayor's Field Day with the Tennessee Titans is a joint effort with their NFL Play60 campaign. The Field Day will take place at LP Field on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a way for residents to come together and learn fun ways to get at least 60 minutes of activity outdoors. The event will also feature an obstacle course and educational fitness fair, as well as on-field games in a relaxed, tournament-style format.
Field Day is entirely free and open to the public. Youth and adults 5 and up and of all fitness levels are invited to come play where the Titans play. The event is hosted in partnership with the Tennessee Titans, and current and former Titans players, Titans cheerleaders and Titans mascot T-Rac will participate in the day's activities.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority is offering free transportation from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on all bus routes to individuals participating in Mayor's Field Day. Passengers must inform the bus driver that they are a Field Day participant to qualify for the free fare. Bus maps and schedules can be viewed online at www.nashvillemta.org.
Mayor's Field Day builds on the momentum of last year's Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor program, in which more than 4,000 people participated, and the Mayor's Challenge 5K Walk/Run, which drew more than 5,000 participants last fall.
"Obesity is a major problem in our state and increases the risk of a number of deadly diseases, including heart disease and diabetes," Dean said. "We have been working aggressively on improving the health of our residents for a while now with fitness challenges, offering healthier food choices in our schools and farmers' markets and promoting places to exercise, like our parks and greenways. A community Field Day continues that commitment and is a great way to show our citizens, and particularly our young people, that the key to good health is being physically active, and you can do that in a lot of fun ways."
Healthy snacks and water stations will be provided during the Mayor's Field Day, and the new Cumberland Park will be open on the East Bank just south of the stadium. Cumberland Park will host the celebration event at the end of Field Day. In addition, the LP Field parking lot will be open for tailgating, and food trucks will be on site offering healthy meal options for purchase. Free parking will be available at LP Field in lots A, B, C and D.
Games and activities are intended for teams of 10 participants each. Children 5 years of age or older and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate. Each team must be captained by one adult (18 years of age or older). Team captains do not need to have a completed team when they first register. Additional members may join at a later time. Individuals and smaller teams are welcome to register, but may be partnered with other groups to complete activities.
For more information and to register, visit www.mayorsfieldday.com.
Mayor's Field Day is being made possible by the support of several community partners, including the Tennessee Titans, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, UnitedHealthcare, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, HCA/TriStar Health, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc., Mapco, Bridgestone Americas Inc., Kroger, Walgreens, Swiftwick, Nike Factory Stores, ActiveBuys, Adventureworks, Hands On Nashville, Playing By Air, NashVitality, the Nashville Sports Council, Metro Parks and Recreation and Metro Public Health Department.