Monday, September 21, 2009

4-Miler Mission Accomplished

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Eight weeks ago, 53 people, most of them non-runners, started group training with a goal of completing the four-mile run at last weekend's Cooper-Young Festival.

"I'm proud to announce that we had 77 percent complete the race and 81 percent complete the program," said trainer Star Ritchey of inbalance Fitness. "A couple of people were unable to do the race due to scheduling conflicts but did complete all the runs with us. Looking at the numbers, we had a few injuries, thankfully none caused by running, but out of all of our "starters" I can proudly say only five people actually quit the program with no reason other than they just decided it wasn't for them."

The original group included 43 women and 10 men, ages 19 to 58 years old, including Contemporary Media employees Matt Writt and Penelope Houston Baer, who ran while pushing her daughter in a stroller. They trained by mixing increasingly longer intervals of running with walks in between. Finishing times ranged from 34 minutes to one hour and two minutes.

"Each and every one of these "couchers" ran the whole way," said Ritchey. "I couldn't be more proud of this group. These people now deserve the right to call themselves runners and, what's better than that, is that they actually enjoyed it."

The group plans to continue training for a half marathon.

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