Dayton Multi-Sport Festival: something for all

Organizers of first-time event want to build community.

​Fitness has been a priority for as long as Mick Mominee can remember.

From his junior high days running cross country to his work with Zoom Multisport Racing, a family-owned company with more than 20 years of combined race planning experience, Mominee, now 40, has been on the move for decades.

“I’ve always had an interest in health and fitness, and it just turned into a lifestyle,” he said.

For many, however, fitness is not a lifestyle — just the opposite. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80 percent of adults and adolescents do not meet the recommended guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. And, according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, less than 5 percent of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day and only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.

The consequences of this inactivity are sobering. Data from 2009-2010 indicates that more than 78 million American adults and about 12.5 million children and adolescents are obese. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults — 115 million — in the United States will be obese.

Not if Mominee and event co-creator Nick Curry have anything to say about it. The two have teamed up to establish the Dayton Multi-Sport Festival, a two-day event, June 5-6, that focuses on healthy lifestyles and community building.

“Our mission is to get people moving,” Mominee said. “Not just endurance athletes but weekend warriors and beginners, as well.”

From a fun 5K to an endurance-testing half marathon and high-energy Zumba to calming yoga, there really is something for everyone at the first-time festival.

“We want the festival to be accessible to everybody,” Curry said. “Some people may just want to try out the 5K race or one of our casual bike rides or, if you have more experience, you might be interested in something more challenging like the 10K or half marathon.”

Inaugural Festival

The Dayton Multi-Sport festival is three years in the making.

“We had seen similar events in other areas,” Mominee said. “And we knew the city has so many great resources, we wanted to find a way to showcase all the fitness options Dayton has to offer.”

The festival kicks off on June 5 with a health and fitness expo that brings together health and fitness related businesses and organizations showcasing products and activities to help people in the community improve their overall health and increase their fitness. A 5K will also be held on Friday.

The fitness fun ramps up on June 6 with a 10K, half marathon, bicycle rides and a day packed full with free workshops and activities. Local businesses and organizations from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to Five Rivers MetroParks and yoga studios to Dayton Children’s Hospital will host free classes and demonstrations throughout the day.

“There is so much more we can be doing to promote health and fitness,” Mominee said. “That’s what this event is about.”

Event organizers aren’t the only ones who are focusing on fitness. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, in a recent proclamation, recognized June 1-7 as Health and Fitness Week in Dayton.

Festival fast-forward

While Mominee and Curry are excited about the inaugural festival, they have their sights set even higher.

“I would like to see this be like a mini-Olympics for the average person,” Mominee said. “I would love to build on this and bring in canoeing, kayaking and, even, a triathlon.”

For event organizers, however, it’s about more than creating an annual event; it’s about establishing fitness habits for a lifetime.

“It’s all about building the community we are all a part of,” Curry said. “By supporting each other in our goals to get healthier, we are more likely to succeed in achieving a higher quality of life.”

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