RE: Vegan HealthFest in Texas
Posted Monday, January 14, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Ok, Don.... waiting for a report on the Vegfest in Marshall.
Just got back home - 5 hour drive.
It was Wonderful!
There were over 300 people from 23 states.
Marshall TX is so small that when the news comes on they don't even show Marshall on the weather map.
The answer to the question I had was answered:
How did Marshall Tx get these Great speakers?
Their mayor is the only Vegan mayor in Texas and members of the town had planed this for a year. The speakers were there to show their support.
The people attending really felt like the VIPs of the town instead of a small minority.
Special Vegan meals were prepared and restaurants were open on Sunday to accommodate the Plant Based appetites in town.
There were cooking classes, lectures and exercise class going on all three days. The locations were just blocks apart in their downtown area. As far as I could tell we were the only downtown crowd this weekend and we overwhelmed them.
I learned a lot even how to tweak my diet better. All the speakers had plenty time for individual questions, pictures and book signing. I did the 2 boot camps, spinning class, and yoga (by accident). I heard the Zumba exercise class was really good too.
The cooking classed were held on the 3rd floor of a turn of the century building and the restaurant downstairs served vegan buffets.
I ran the 5K Sunday Morning and came in 8th overall. I was amazed I did not place in my age group. In the small Towns around here I always place. But in Marshall I was racing against like Vegans.
Of the first 9 finishers 7 were Males OVER 50! - This says something about the nutrition. I was at a 7min45sec pace and was passed at mile one, the winning time was 19 minutes for the 3.1 miles.
For the people that signed up for the included 5K fun run they had the best T-shirt I have ever received!!!!!
On the front is a tractor with the words
"5K Fun Run"
We met a lot of good people and made new friends.
Marshall is planning to do another one next year. I plan on going again - I just need to get faster for that 5K.
(I'll try to post more on the lectures tomorrow.)