Have you always wanted to complete a race but didn't know how to train for it or where to begin?
There are several additions to this fall's United Way Spooktacular Run, including pre-race training sessions that starts Sept. 12 to get you in your best shape in the weeks leading up to the race. Organizers have also expanded race day to accomodate those who'd like to run a 10K.
This year's 5K and 10K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 22 at 1110 Evans St. This is the fourth year of the race, which benefits United Way of Bedford County.
"I instigated the 5K race four years ago when I joined the United Way board," explained Dr. Ron Fausnaught, race committee chair. "Kids are definitely not getting enough exercise in school -- when I was a kid we had P.E. everyday. I felt like physical fitness went along well with the focus of United Way."
Since the first race in 2008, several other 5K races have sprouted up in the area and Fausnaught said the United Way race committee wanted to offer something new and more challenging.
"That's why added the 10K," he said. "And that was the start of the training program ... to help people realize they can do this, they can rise to the challenge."
Spooktacular's Monsters In Training is aimed at guiding both new and experienced runners/walkers to achieving their race day goals. The program begins six weeks prior to the Spooktacular 5K/10K and will include three classes/training sessions with training guidelines, tips and suggestions. Classes will be held Sept. 12, Sept. 26 and Oct. 10.
The classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville Recreation Center, 220 Tulip Tree in Shelbyville. Each session will be followed by a group training run/walk.
The cost of the program is $10 plus the cost of race entry. This cost includes registration fees for the race, your race day T-shirt and running socks from Fleet Feet.
Also new this year, a walk-in registration and packet pickup plus a spaghetti dinner will take place the eve of the race, Oct. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Heritage Medical Center. Spaghetti dinner is $5 at the door.
Prizes for top finishers (men and women) in the 10K will be awarded: 1st place, $100; 2nd place, $50; 3rd place, $25. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group : 9 and under, 10 to 12, 13 to 15, 16 to 18, 18 to 28, 29 to 38, 39 to 48, 49 to 58 and 69 and over.
The UWBC raises funds through employee workpace campaigns, corporate giving, donations, grants, and special events like the 5k Run. Currently, 19 agencies serving Bedford County receive support from United Way of Bedford County through generous donations received from individuals in the community.
To register for the race or the training session (includes registration fee) contact Dawn Holley at 684-6685, register online at www.active.com or visit unitedwaybedford.org.
Exercise physiologist Rick Canada will lead the Sept. 12 class, which will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Rec. Center. Canada will set up a personalized training program to help you achieve your racing goals.
From running your first 5K race or your first triathlon, to racing in a competitive 100 mile cycling event or running a marathon, Canada will be your personal, online coach. Canada has coached thousands of athletes and all have achieved their personal goals when they follow his coaching and training advice.
Canada received his M.S. degree from the University of South Carolina in exercise physiology. It was here that he gained the knowledge of exercise, sports medicine and training concepts that have allowed him to educate others in proper training modalities. He has been coaching and training runners and walkers, cyclists and triathletes since 1982, and if they do what he suggests, they have all achieved their desired goals.
Learn about proper running gear, shoes and training programs with help from Fleet Feet.
"At Fleet Feet Sports, we believe in FITLOSOPHY-- an approach that is designed to find the right "fit" for every facet of your active lifestyle, including footwear, apparel, accessories as well as training for a 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon or triathlon," said Krista Dugosh, who will lead this session on behalf of Fleet Feet.
Dr. Fausnaught will lead the final session. He has been practicing Chiropractic for 20 years, and has been in Shelbyville for the past nine years. He is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and has treated many athletes in many sports over the years. Dr. Fausnaught is a recreational runner and has participated in everything from 5k(3.1 mile)races to a full 26.2 mile marathon.