More than 150 people participated in the first FitBeat marathon last March 13 at the Roundhouse in Garapan, raising more than $750 that was donated to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to buy hospital gowns
In an interview via Facebook messenger with event coordinator Irene Holl, she said that 150 people participated in their Zumba marathon, with an additional 30 people from the FitBeat Tinian group joining virtually. Holl said the ticket prices for the marathon was $5, which is how they raised over $750.
The money went to hospital gowns and was also donated to the CHCC volunteers who went to support the event.
Holl said the marathon had health screenings before they moved onto their Zumba program. She added that the Lions Club Region 204 distributed 106 reading glasses. The Zumba session was led by instructors Joel Vallega, Angie Bautista, Bobby Sanje, and Shellan Sarmiento, and with the participation of Holl.
It was learned that the FitBeat program is a program under first lady Diann T. Torres and Lt. Gov Arnold I. Palacios’s wife, Wella Palacios.
Holl said the marathon was sponsored by the Saipan Fitbeat Lions Club, Rotary Club of Saipan, and the Department of Community and Cultural Affair’s Child Care Development Fund.
FitBeat classes are offered from Monday through Saturdays—5:30pm-6:15pm is reserved for the core class and the Zumba class is from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
According to Saipan Tribune archives, the FitBeat program was established last July 2019, and was expanded after the Saipan Lions Club teamed up with Torres and Palacios to offer the classes.