Get Fit with Major Taylor Fitness Fest

The Indiana State Museum strives to cover all aspects of Hoosier life, past, present and future. This weekend the Indiana State Museum focuses on improving Indianapolis health with their Major Taylor Fitness Fest. This exciting Indianapolis event offers a wealth of knowledge, activities and tests to get your health and fitness on track just in time for warm weather. Admission to the Major Taylor Fitness Fest is included with your ticket to the Indiana State Museum and will be held on Friday, May 14, 2010 and Saturday, May 15. Head to Indianapolis downtown to take part in this Indianapolis museum’s crusade for better health for all Hoosiers.

Marshall “Major” Taylor was an international cycling champion from rural Indiana in the late nineteenth century. He won the 1899 world one-mile track cycling championship, setting numerous world records throughout his career and over coming racial discrimination. He was the first African American athlete to become an international champion and only the second black man to win a world championship (behind Canadian boxer George Dixon).

He was banned from bicycle racing in Indiana after he began to build a reputation for success, garnering the nickname “The Black Cyclone.” In 1896, he moved to Connecticut, which was at the time a center of the United States bicycling industry, to work as a bicycle mechanic. He secured a job working for the Worcester Cycle Manufacturing Company under Birdie Munger, who recognized Taylor’s talent by putting him on his cycling team. In his first east coast race in the League of American Wheelman one mile race, Taylor started in last place but finished in first. He soon came to be a celebrated international athlete, with particular success in France.

The Indiana State Museum celebrates the legacy of this Indiana cycling champion at the Major Taylor Fitness Fest. Indianapolis people and Indianapolis kids are invited to participate in interactive fitness, health and nutrition related activities in this Indianapolis festival. Cycling, safety and health related Indianapolis non profit organizations will be on hand to share information about fitness activities, fun family event and bicycle safety. Join in a multitude of hands-on activities and games designed to “help you discover your physical self.”

With prime Indianapolis real estate along the Indianapolis Canal Walk and White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum is located in an alleyway of Indianapolis attractions including the Indiana History Center, the Eiteljorg Museum and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

After your trip to this Indianapolis museum, head to any of the many wonderful Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars downtown for dinner and drinks. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

Major Taylor Fitness Fest
Friday, May 14, 2010 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2725

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