Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Volvo Wellness Warriors

If you did not already know, Volvo Construction here in Asheville has a phenomenal wellness and fitness program - the Wellness Warriors. Here at Foot Rx, we have a few great connections with this program and we love to see them out in races and events. Foot Rx staffer, Ellen, has played a pivotal in the program - acting as its wellness coordinator from the Reuter YMCA. Ellen is a supreme motivator... just being around her makes me want to bang out push-ups and go for a 10 miler. A few of the warriors themselves are staples on our Wednesday morning group run crew (6 AM @ Reuter YMCA - join us!) and we are lucky to call many more of these Volvo folks loyal customers.

Without further ado, here is a BIG shout out to the Volvo crew who braved the cold wind to put up some great performances at the Knoxville Half Marathon and Marathon.

Back row: Jennifer Culberson, Mona Saranathan, Steve Bratsch (all first-time half marathoners!) and Bill Sauber.
Front row: Todd Gothberg and Chris Clements.

Foot Rx favorite and Wednesday morning group run staple, "Hardcore" Bill Sauber summed up the races well:
Jennifer, Mona, Steve, and Chris all ran the half (Chris’s 2nd half, first for the others). Jennifer ran a 2:12, Mona ran a 2:40, Steve ran a 2:09 and Chris ran a 2:06

Todd and I ran the full marathon. Todd was 4th in his age group (7 seconds from 3rd) at 3:15. I ran a 3:38 for 1st in the Veterans (over 60) division which goes to show if you keep running long enough all your tough competition eventually gives up and lets you get an age group win. I think everyone was shod with FootRx shoes and at least 3 of us wore our FootRx shirts in the race.
Congrats to all who stepped on the line! (Thanks for reppin' Foot Rx!)

*For more info on the Wellness Warriors , check out this excellent article from the Citizen-Times (featuring another Wednesday morning group run regular, Chris Clements).

Until next time - keep logging the miles and staying fit.

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