During the past year, more than 9,000 participants met up at The Corner inside CityScape Phoenix to walk, run or attend a free fitness class as part of Meet Me Downtown Phoenix. The growing success of this free weekly fitness event demonstrates downtown’s evolution as a community, according to David Krietor, president and CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc. “Meet Me Downtown is the type of event that you would see in any robust neighborhood,” he said. “So to see all these people come and participate in a community-driven activity is the neatest thing — it’s really a reflection of the changes that have happened downtown.”
Meet Me Downtown’s mission is to provide residents an opportunity to have fun and get fit while boosting downtown business and attracting new visitors. (Photo: Meet Me Downtown Phoenix)
The Birthday Bash takes place Monday, Nov. 9, with self-check-in times between 5:15 and 6:30 p.m. – featuring an interactive trivia game along the route, awesome raffle prizes, a health fair, and as always, great deals at local restaurants and businesses just for participating. According to Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela, the celebration marks a major milestone for the city’s healthy-living initiative, FitPHX. Valenzuela will commemorate the Birthday Bash during the 7 p.m. closing ceremony. “It’s part of a continued effort to create a safe, connected, walkable community in Downtown Phoenix,” he said. The numbers speak for themselves. With approximately 200 people in attendance weekly, Meet Me Downtown not only provides a fun opportunity to get fit, it also boosts downtown business and attracts new visitors.
“Having thousands of attendees show their commitment this year to a healthy lifestyle while experiencing our vibrant downtown is exciting,” said Jeff Stelnik, senior vice president of strategy, sales and marketing for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). Birthday fun and festivities:
BCBSAZ Health Fair at 5:15 p.m. at CityScape Phoenix with free health screenings
The Phoenix Suns Gorilla at 5:15 p.m.
Nourishing Arizona produce bags for the first 200 people