Congratulations to Sophie Lash, Governs Fitness Award winner, Jacob Nelson and Bryce Hotaling, Governs Fitness Award Finalist

The Governor’s Fitness Awards serve as a platform for inspirational individuals and organizations for their pursuit, commitment and dedication to healthy lifestyles. Each award recognizes the many different ways the winners are inspiring and influencing Michigan residents to live a healthy lifestyle.


The purpose of the Governor’s Fitness Awards is to recognize individuals, organizations and events that encourage others to make healthy choices by teaching, volunteering, role modeling or other community involvement. The awards event serves as a platform of appreciation and public recognition for these deserving citizens as well as a fundraiser for the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

In 2014  7 year old Bryce Hotaling of Chelsea was nominated as a Finalist for a Govern Fitness Award (1 of 3) for the Charles T. Kuntzelman                                   “Excepting the Challenge Award- recognizing an individual who has overcome great challenges to purse physical activity as a part of daily life.

Eight year old Jacob (“Nothing gonna stop me”) Nelson and fourteen year old Sophie Lash were participants in the 2012 Run for the Rolls race in Chelsea, Michigan. The Run for the Rolls Board of Directors were so moved by their participation in the race that they recommended both Jacob and Sophie to be considered for the 2013 Governors Fitness Awards. Last week, the board was pleased to announce that both participants were finalists (one of three) for the following awards:

  • Jacob is a finalist in the category for the Charles T. Kuntzleman Accepting the Challenge Award – recognizing an individual who has overcome great challenges to pursue physical activity as a part of daily life.
  • Sophie Lash is a finalist in the category for Governor’s Council Conquering Obesity Award (Individual) – honors an individual who has conquered obesity through dedication to physical activity and healthy eating.

A gala reception honoring all finalists will be hosted by the Governor Council on April 25th, 2013 at Ford Field in Detroit Michigan. In addition to the winners being announced that evening all the Michigan Olympians from 2012 will be recognized. Keynote speakers for the event will be Dave Brandon, Athletic Director at the University of Michigan and Mark Hollis, Athletic Director at Michigan State University.

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For more information contact: Cindy Burdette -Executive Director and Race Director of Run for the Rolls., 734-433-9483. Governors Fitness Awards information: