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OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to improve the fitness and health of all Oklahomans, Conner and Comaneci, in association with The Oklahoman, are providing free fun for the whole family at their third annual Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival. The event, which will include approximately 2,000 participating athletes in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports, will be held at the Cox Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival, in association with The Oklahoman, features a wide array of sports competitions, interactive sports and fitness activities and demonstrations, exciting children’s activities and sports clinics, and information booths on nutrition, health care, exercise, sports and more. The Sports and Health Festival is free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to be co-hosting another exciting year of fun, fitness activities at the 2013 edition of our Sports and Health Festival,” Conner said. “We have always believed that the sooner children take ‘ownership’ of their fitness and health statuses, the more likely they will make good choices as adults regarding their long-term wellness.”

Kids who come to the festival have the opportunity to participate in the Perfect 10 Fitness Challenge and win their very own gold medal! Our partners and sponsors have provided activities such as kayaking, archery, basketball, hockey, rowing, sitting volleyball, slack lining, tennis, gymnastics, powerlifting, and a mega obstacle course for kids to experience.

Among many powerhouses partnering with Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci in the Sports and Health Festival are the OKC Boathouse Foundation, the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Oklahoma City Barons.

OKC RIVERSPORT will be hosting a number of activities including the “RUNderground,” a 5-kilometer family “fun-run” through Oklahoma City’s underground concourse. The RUNderground will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Feb 16. OKC RIVERSPORT is also hosting indoor kayak and rowing competitions, which involve racing on stationery ergometers.

UCO will offer four opportunities for a hands-on experience in the sports of archery, powerlifting, sitting volleyball and the newest trend, slack lining. Also, athletes who competed in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, including members from USA’s Women’s Sitting Volleyball team and the USA Powerlifting team, will be meeting fans and signing autographs.

The OKC Thunder will be providing an inflatable pop-a-shot for kids to shoot baskets, and a visit from the Thunder Girls. The OKC Barons will be setting up an indoor hockey rink and will have appearances by their mascots, Derrick and Bit, and the OKC Barons Ice Girls.

“We are really privileged to partner with The Oklahoman, OKC RIVERSPORT, UCO, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Oklahoma City Barons to create this exciting opportunity for our community,” Conner said. “We believe that this event is a fun and unique way to promote sports, fitness and wellness. We feel we can increase the impact of this event over the next several years, and we are especially grateful to have excellent support from several of the most important companies in our city,” Conner said.

As part of the festival weekend, Bart and Nadia are hosting two high-level competitive gymnastics meets involving four collegiate teams and nearly 30 international gymnasts.

This year’s Perfect 10 Challenge NCAA women’s collegiate gymnastics meet on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at 7 p.m., will feature The University of Oklahoma, Boise State, Brigham Young University and Texas Woman’s University. The gymnasts will be competing on an Olympic style podium in the Cox Arena and Convention Center. Tickets for this unique event can be purchased through Ticket Master or at the Cox Arena box office. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and FREE for university students with I.D. and children 2 and under (service fees apply).

The Nadia Comaneci International Invitational is an exciting competition among international elite gymnasts from the U.S. and several foreign countries including Canada, Indonesia, Romania and Venezuela. One night only on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Cox Arena and Convention Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for university students with I.D. and children 12 and under, and FREE for children 2 and under. Tickets will be available through the Cox Arena box office or at the door.

“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthier lifestyles,” Olympic Gold Medalist and legend Nadia Comaneci said.