Record-Setting Swimmer To Highlight Upcoming Wellness Festival


By Brittany Cooper

Sun Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) When you picture Sun Valley, scenic mountain tops and world renown skiing might come to mind.

But since 1937, the community has also embraced its commitment to wellness, providing for a perfect backdrop to the upcoming wellness festival.

You don't have to be a resident of sun valley to appreciate its offerings.
The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is just one of many events featured throughout the year within the valley. But the timing of this one is very crucial.

Sun Valley City Councilperson Michelle Griffith says, "our economy is driven by the middle of the summer and the middle of the winter, those heavy seasons. But municipally we have a police department and a fire department and a street department that can cope with those big tourist times of year, but we have to employ them all year long. So we're particularly happy with events like the wellness festival that draw visitors and economy impact in the shoulder seasons."

Produced by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, the festival features a strong lineā€“up of experts in the field. One of the keynote speakers is swimmer, Diana Nyad. In 2013, at the age of 63, she swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida.

"Diana particularly, she's an athlete, is a swimmer, it is a community of athletes and we have a strong swimming community here. But it transfers over into all aspects, biking, etc and her story is one of success, perseverance and really fits in with the community," adds Nick Maracich, Chair, Sun Valley Wellness Institute.

And no shortage of things to do.

"Every hour there's three different speakers you can go to, all day long," explains Elisabeth Grabher, President of the Sun Valley Wellness Institute.

Maracich adds, "Tommy Rosen and Kia Miller one of the nations' leading yoga instructors, the yoga movement in the United States is really important we try to have a yoga component."

Grabher says, "many deal with stress or anxiety. We'll have speakers to help alleviate that."

A festival encompassing your mind, body and soul.

The festival starts Thursday and you can buy passes or tickets.
For more information, call 726-7777 or visit

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