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Dec 28, 2012 11:22 AM by Faye DeHoff

'BEYOND' event commemorates Jan. 8

TUCSON - A community-wide outdoor event that commemorates the anniversary of the January 8th shooting, is being held again this year.

'BEYOND' is held on the first Saturday of every year to remember January 8th. This year it falls on January 5th.

The event is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community by encouraging Arizonans to come together, get outside and be physically active.

BEYOND was initiated in 2012 by members of Gabe Zimmerman's extended family to commemorate the first anniversary of the January 8th shooting that tragically took the life of their son while he was working at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' 'Congress on Your Corner' on that day in 2011.

BEYOND provides Southern Arizonans with the opportunity to start the year off right by coming together, being in nature and engaging in a healthy activity at one of the many spectacular outdoor settings in our region. The event also raises awareness and connects people to year-round programs in the community so that they can be well informed, make good choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The event was named BEYOND in the hope that it would help the community move beyond the tragedy. But it was also a reminder that we can make our community stronger and healthier by going beyond each and every day. We can push ourselves to move beyond our normal social circles and reach out to others. We can push ourselves to move beyond our normal activity levels and strengthen our physical and mental health by going outside and being active.

This year, BEYOND consists of a series of events at 16 outdoor locations across Pima County. There are activities planned for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Log on to www.beyond-tucson.org <http://www.beyond-tucson.org> to find one you enjoy and sign up to participate on Saturday January 5th, 2013.

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