The inaugural session of Kemptville’s new Learn to Run Program was a great success, drawing 30 participants for the first run on Sunday, April 28. The group met at 8:30 am at Anytime Fitness in the Colonnade Mall and ran a 5km route through downtown Kemptville.
“It was perfect weather for it,” says group leader Stacey Dickson. “There was lots of socializing and everyone was challenged.”
The Learn to Run Program is meant for all fitness levels. According to Stacey’s research, running has been proven to strengthen joints, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and improve mood by releasing endorphins. Running in a group has some added benefits, which include having access to expert advice from coaches, increased safety, motivation and encouragement to improve, and connection with like-minded people.
Stacey says the goal of the Learn to Run Program is to break down barriers when it comes to being active. It is a free program, but a $5 donation to be donated to local charities is encouraged. Stacey says they are currently raising funds for the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women which raises money for women’s mental health.
Stacey says she has also been in touch with the Neon Night Fun Run, and she is planning on getting a team of people to train for the 5km run in September to raise money for Childhood Cancer.
The current Learn to Run program is running every Sunday at 8:30 am and Wednesday at 6 pm until June 19. For more information, or to register, you can email Stacey at email@example.com.