Zumba dancers Ashleigh McKinley of Dallastown, center, and her friend Heather Draper of Red Lion, right, participate in the Can-Am Police and Fire Games
Zumba dancers Ashleigh McKinley of Dallastown, center, and her friend Heather Draper of Red Lion, right, participate in the Can-Am Police and Fire Games Zumba Block Party in the first block of North Beaver Street in York City on Thursday. (PHOTOS BY Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

Lindsay Elliott held a water bottle to her neck, attempting to cool off after taking part in a Zumba workout in downtown York City.

In a word, the Manchester Township woman called the exercise, part of a series of fundraising events held by the York Can-Am Police-Fire Games, "tough."

Elliott and her friend, Jessica Fureman, also of Manchester Township, were two of 54 people to take part in the workout in the first block of North Beaver Street Thursday night.

With booming, fast-paced music reverberating off the buildings in the enclosed space, passersby got into the spirit of the thing.

"Even the people that were walking by were joining in," Fureman said.

Zumba instructor Laura Mellott of Wellsville motions for some cheering as she leads a dance at the Can-Am Police and Fire Games Zumba Block Party on
Zumba instructor Laura Mellott of Wellsville motions for some cheering as she leads a dance at the Can-Am Police and Fire Games Zumba Block Party on Thursday.

Fundraisers: The Zumba event was one of five events that not only allows local residents to take part in the weeklong Can-Am Games, but also helps raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

All proceeds from the social events will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia branch, said Brent Burkey, spokesman for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Fundraising events held earlier this week included a CrossFit workout, an all-day miniature golf event at Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center in York Township and the opening ceremony of the Can-Am Games. A night-time glow golf event, slated for Friday at Heritage Hills, was canceled because of a lack of registered participants.


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The social events culminate Saturday with a bean bag toss competition. The willing team will receive a custom Can-Am Games bean bag toss set, said Anne Druck, president of the tourism bureau.

Can-Am: The games, which wrap up Sunday, include more than 50 events, which are free to attend at 20 venues in York, Lancaster and Dauphin counties.

Events include traditional athletic competitions, such as swimming and ice hockey, as well as profession-specific events such as toughest firefighter alive. The games, held every two years in North American cities, are open to police, fire, EMS and corrections personal and their families.

Change of pace: Fureman typically does Zumba workouts, a dance-infused fitness exercise, in classes at the gym. But the workout outside was a nice change of pace, she said.

"I really enjoyed it," Fureman said. "It's just a change of environment."

Taking part in an outdoor workout was also a first for Elliott. She typically does Zumba in the comforts of her home.

"Here you can't take a break when you want it," she said.

Last social event

The final social event of the York Can-Am Police-Fire Games, a bean bag toss competition, will be held Saturday at White Rose Bar & Grill, 48 N. Beaver St. in York City.

Registration is from 5 to 7 p.m. with competition starting at 8 p.m. Cost is $20 per team.

The event is open to the public.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.