MOULTRIE -- Ethan Imhoff was the overall winner of the Moultrie YMCA's annual Fitness Challenge, which condluded Feb. 8.

The awards ceremony was held Feb. 14 for Fitness Challenge 2004, the four-week competition that began on Jan. 12.

This year's theme was Body, Mind and Spirit, which echoes the YMCA mission statement: to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy body, mind, and spirit for all.

The participants competed in nine categories and were expected to accumulate as many points in each category to win the competition.

The categories were as follows: strength, abdominal crunches, flexibility, group exercise, spiritual, cardiovascular, mental health, nutrition and aquatics.

Bonus rounds included, body composition measurements, knowing the anatomy of the body, attending Sunday church service and writing an essay on the YMCA character values, honesty, caring, respect and responsibility.

The challenge, sponsored by Variety Canteen, was judged a success by the YMCA.

It featured 41 participants, 12 teams and four teens, from 12 to 15 years old.

The winners were:

Overall winner -- Ethan Imhoff with 2526 points.

Male competition -- first Jimmy Allegood, 2501 points; second, Jack Gordon, 2427 points; third, Sam McCord, 2119 points.

Female Competition -- first, Anne Vereen, 2472 points; second, Cathy Mobley, 2432 points; third. Gale Couch, 2410 points.

Team Competition -- first, Anne Vereen and Ethan Imhoff, 4998 points; second, Gale Couch and Jimmy Allegood, 4911 points; third, Christa Bledsoe and Judy Cole, 4373 points.

Teen Competition -- first, Sarah Tyndall, 1062 points; second Joel Reeves, 350 points.

Prizes for our 1st place competitors were given out and included a year membership to the YMCA, dinner for two at La Fogota's, $25 worth of gas at Citgo donated by Rick Layfield, and a haircut and style by Traci Redding from Beauty Beyond.

In addition to prizes, medals, trophies, and certificates were given out. All participants took on the challenge and exceeded their own spiritual, mental and physical goals.

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