The seventh and final Zumbathon returns to the Ohio State Reformatory March 17. 

Sandy Lykins of Fit With Sandy in Ashland plans to go out with a bang.

Lykins, who’s giving up her role as fitness instructor this May after nine years of teaching, is holding her final Zumbathon at the Ohio State Reformatory on Sunday, March 17.

The newlywed, who works at Gorman-Rupp, said she felt the time was right to call it quits because her hands are full.

“I feel like I’m juggling too many balls here,” she said. “I gotta consolidate so I can function more efficiently.”

Classes will continue at the Ashland location, as she plans to pass the torch to one of her instructors when she steps down May 20.

But before that day comes, there will be dancing — and lots of it.

The seventh and final Zumbathon kicks off at 10 a.m. with a wellness fair that will feature a variety of vendors — from Madison Fitness Center and Juice Plus to Color Street, Pure Haven, Norwex and more.

Lykins said she’s still accepting vendors. If interested, click here

Zumba — a cardio dance workout — will begin at 11 a.m. There will be five groups of instructors that will lead 20-minute sessions. Lykins said there will be instructors from Fit With Sandy, Adeva Fit in Shelby, as well as some from Dayton, Indiana and even Colombia — which is where Zumba originated.

“Each group has about 20 minutes and they just do their Zumba thing and it’s really fun,” she said.

“The stage is set in the middle of the Central Guard Room. It’s a pretty cool view. The participants can see down into the east and west cell blocks,” she said.

Lykins and her team will lead the final session, which will conclude at 1 p.m.

The wellness fair will continue until 2 p.m.

There will also be a raffle for baskets donated by are businesses.

“That’s always a big hit,” she said.

Participants can rehydrate at the fruit-infused water bar.

No dance expertise is necessary and all fitness levels teen and up are welcome, Lykins assured.

Because the event falls on St. Patrick’s Day, there will be a St. Patty’s-themed costume contest.

The pre-registration fee is $20. It costs $25 at the door. Tickets include a discounted ticket ($5) for a tour of the historic prison. Click here to register.

Event proceeds benefit the 2019 Kid’s Christmas Party hosted by the Reformatory and partner organization Parent Aide.

“The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society holds a Christmas party every year for area families in need, and they work with Parent Aide,” Lykins said. “They host 10 families and really have a nice Christmas party for these families, so that’s where the money goes.”

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