Marshall Recreation Center offers classes to motivate beginning and experienced 5K runners

HNN Staff
HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Crossing the finish line of a 5K race is all about taking the first step, and the Marshall Recreation Center is making that step easy
 with nine-week training sessions for runners planning to take part in the West Virginia 5K Championship.

  Experts will work with runners at their own pace to prepare them for the 5K in June. Registration for the class also includes entry to the race, as well as a race T-shirt.   “The goal of the West Virginia 5K Championship has always been to promote running and fitness in our community,” said Pat Riley, the director of the race. “The classes will help motivate more people and give them a goal to work toward.”

  Weekly classes will take place on Tuesday mornings or Thursday evenings. Registrants have a choice of morning sessions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, or evening sessions, which begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

  “Running helps people stay in shape and helps them reduce stress,” said class instructor Mo Khan. “I am trying to get the participants to learn to pace themselves, but also perform their best.”

  Runners have the chance not only to achieve personally, but also earn rewards. Cash and special prizes are awarded to the top competitors in each category and overall.   The first-place overall runner will receive $300. The second-place runner will win $200, and third will win $100. The first-place winner in each age group will receive $50 and a special prize, and the second-place runner in each age group will receive $25.

  The West Virginia 5K Championship will be Saturday, June 25 in downtown Huntington. Class participants will join more than 500 runners in more than 20 age categories.

  Persons may sign up for the classes at the front desk in the Marshall Recreation Center on the Huntington campus. For more information, call Michele Muth at 304-696-2943.  
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