5k running class kickoff event scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Rec Center

Crossing the finish line of a 5k race is all about taking the first step, and the Marshall Recreation Center is making that step easier with a 5-week training class.

Experts will work with people at their own pace to prepare them for their first 5k or even shave time off their current personal best. The Rec will be holding a kickoff event prior to the beginning of the class and invites those interested to attend May 9.  It will be an informative time to learn more about the upcoming 5k class and the proper techniques of running.

The kickoff event will start at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will give nutrition and fitness tips, as well as advice on the right shoes to wear while running, stretching exercises and ways to lower participants’ 5k times. The event will take place in Studio A on the second floor. There will be light refreshments and time to speak with the instructor of the class. There also will be a time to learn proper stretches to do before and after running, so those attending are asked to wear workout clothes.

As an initiative to get more people active and to give them the experience of running their first 5k or improving an existing 5k time, Tristateracer is covering the cost of the 5k class and the 5k for up to 50 participants who qualify.

“We want to help motivate people to take the first step by offering to pay for this class; all they have to do is finish the class and their first 5k,” said Pat Riley of Tristateracer.

Those who have never participated in the West Virginia 5k Championship or who have never run a 5k before will qualify to have their registration fee for the 5k class at the recreation center and the cost of the WV 5k Championship reimbursed.  They will initially pay either the $29 member fee or the $35 non-member fee for the class up front and also cover the $20 cost of the 5k. Upon completion of the WV 5k Championship, they will be fully reimbursed.

Two sessions of the class will start this month. They will begin on May 21 and May 23. The classes will last for five weeks up until the West Virginia 5k Championship at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 22.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Extra Mile 5k class, no matter how much running experience they have. For more information,  contact Michele Muth at pallante1@marshall.edu or at ext.6-2943.