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Weekend runs help get area in shape

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Since 2009, when Jamie Oliver came to West Virginia and classified Huntington as the unhealthiest city in the United States, the city of Huntington has been in motion to change the community's unhealthy lifestyles.

As an additional effort to this new healthy movement, the HIT Center of Huntington has started a running program for the community. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, runners across the Tri-State are welcome to run as a community and help each other achieve the goals of living healthier lifestyles.

Saturday morning runs are for beginner runners who have never run before or for people who do not like to run long distances. Sunday morning runs are for experienced runners or anyone who enjoys running long distances. Both runs start at 7 a.m. beginning at the HIT Center of Huntington located on 5th Avenue next to Huntington Physical Therapy.

In addition to the free communal runs, the HIT Center of Huntington has partnered with the Huntington Road Runners Club to start a marathon training program to prepare for the Marshall University Half and Full Marathon which will be Nov. 10. Marshall University is a big part of what makes Huntington such a close community. To participate in a run that represents the heart and soul of Huntington brings people who live in the Tri-State a great sense of pride.

The HIT Center of Huntington and the Huntington Road Runners offer this training program to assist people in achieving their goals for the Marshall Marathon. The program includes a scheduled training program, your entry fee and registration, a race shirt and training shirt, a training class and weekend runs. The training class is every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to become a better runner or anyone who is interested in the full- and half-marathon training program. The classes will be located at the HIT Center and will be taught by their running specialist Jerome Beavers. At the end of the full- and half-marathon, we will celebrate as a community of healthy Huntington runners at a location to be announced later on.

For more information, contact Jerome Beavers or Meghan DeNorscia at the HIT Center of Huntington by calling 304-529-4482 or emailing mdenorscia@hptservices.com or red8g@yahoo.com. Visit us also on Facebook: HIT N' Run.

Meghan DeNorscia works at the HIT Center.

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