A group of 50 WMHS employees, their family members and friends took the challenge of running for the health of it and participated in the Great Allegany Run on Saturday, October 5.
Remarkably, many of these runners had never participated in a 5K run before. They went from “no way” to a successful race day by participating in a 12-week program taught by certified running coaches. The weekly session took them step by step through the process of preparing for a 5K run. Participants also had individual training plans tailored to their level of fitness developed for them by the coaches.
Excitement was high as the 37 members of the class did a “practice 5K” the week before the Great Allegany Run. That didn’t compare to the thrill of actually meeting their goal of completing the 5K run on October 5. Ten members of the WMHS team even took home awards for finishing in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their age categories.
The class was comprised of staff from throughout WMHS, many of whom did not know one another before this. They developed a great camaraderie over the 12 weeks and were a great source of encouragement for each other. They are now planning ahead to their next 5K event.
There has been such interest in the class that another session is planned for the coming spring.