BURR RIDGE – Fitness doesn’t have to involve sweatpants and dumbbells.
Sixty-five children ages 2 to 13 turned out to see how far they could throw a pumpkin. Zach Baron set the event record in the 10 to 13 age division with a throw of 23 feet, three inches.
About 80 pumpkins, each 3.5 to four pounds, were tossed during the event. Afterward, the pumpkins were sent to Adventist Hinsdale and La Grange Memorial hospitals for distribution to young patients.
Erik Knowles, fitness director at Five Seasons, said what started out as an idea to incorporate fitness into a seasonal celebration grew into an afternoon that included food and drinks, a pumpkin carving contest, as well as a costume contest. Meghan Lambert, childcare director, kept kids busy with activities such as mummy wrapping and crafts.
Knowles said the first Pumpkin Chunk’n Contest attracted about 180 people. And although most were members of the club, he hopes to expand the event next year to introduce more people to the facility, and to teach people that fitness can be as fun as chunkin’ a pumpkin.