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Thursday, December 11, 2008

First Tallman Track Club Winter Series Event
Scheduled for Dec. 14


The benefits of physical activity are well documented. Regular exercise can help you manage your weight, strengthen your heart and lungs, and decrease clinical symptoms of anxiety, tension and depression. Workplaces in which employees undertake regular physical activity often see improved productivity, reduced absenteeism, and lower health care costs. According to one recent study, for every exercising day of the week, health care costs decrease from the median by 4.7%.

If you are in search of an opportunity to either start your exercise program, or need motivation to keep moving in the dark winter months - look no further. Last year, the Kanawha Valley’s own Tallman Track Club revived the Winter Series of runs and walks. This year, the three race series will be held on December 14, January 11, and February 8.

According to WK Munsey, the Co-Race Director for the Tallman Track Club, “These events are meant to be low key, fun affairs for both walkers and runners. You don’t have to be a seasoned racer to have a good time and we provide walkers their own event away from the runners for their own spotlight.”

The distance covered depends on whether you sign up as a walker or a runner, and increases with each race in the series. The flat, easy course starts in front of the Kanawha City Community Center, and follows a clearly marked route. Maps will be available at the beginning of each race or walk and traffic control is provided by the City of Charleston Police Department.

Just starting on your exercise program and unsure if you are ready to go public? According to Munsey, “We encourage people of all levels of fitness to participate in our events. Our goal is to keep everyone motivated and exercising through the winter months when it is hard to get out the door into the weather and darkness. These events are a way to test your fitness at whatever level you feel comfortable with.

The cost is $10 per event or $25 for all three if you sign up by December 14.

Organizers will give awards in both the run and walk categories for fastest cumulative times for all three events. Participants who complete all three parts of the Winter Series will receive a fashionable Winter Series crew neck sweatshirt for walkers and long sleeve technical t-shirts for runners that will be the envy of their sedentary friends.

For more information, contact Lynn Watts at 304.348.6860 or visit the Tallman Track Club’s website http://www.tallmantrackclub.com/.

While there, take some time to browse the Tallman’s other web resources. The club maintains a list of mapped training courses ranging from two to 20 miles and has a regional race calendar to help you plan your year.

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