Champion body builders Brian and Jennifer Whelan will flex their muscles for Route 66 as Grand Marshals of Duarte’s 17th annual Salute to Route 66 Parade on Sept. 22. This year’s parade theme is “Get Fit on Route 66”. -Courtesy Photo
Duarte Route 66 Parade organizers have injected some additional muscle into this year’s parade theme, “Get Fit on Route 66,” with the naming of husband and wife champion body builders Brian and Jennifer Whelan to lead the 17th annual parade as Grand Marshals on Sept. 22.
The Whelans are also the owners of the popular Foothill Gym in Monrovia where they train and coach their clients toward a healthy way of life as they help them transform their bodies.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to spread the message of good health and fitness. That’s what we’re all about. It’s a great theme,” said Brian Whelan.
The Whelans have won numerous physique contests, most recently the title “Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach” at Venice Beach on July 4th. Jennifer is a national level figure competitor and Brian a top body builder.
Duarte’s Route 66 Parade offers a colorful cavalcade of community groups, marching bands, equestrian units, and antique and classic cars, including many from throughout Southern California eager to share a role in the nation’s only annual parade dedicated to celebrating the Mother Road. Co-sponsored by the City of Duarte and Duarte Community Coordinating Council, the all-volunteer parade committee is chaired by local business woman, Lisa Magno.
For more information about the Route 66 Parade, visit www.duarteroute66parade.com.