Learn to Run clinic begins

The Rupert Runners are preparing its active participants for another year of healthy exercise along the North Coast in 2015.

The Rupert Runners are preparing its active participants for another year of healthy exercise along the North Coast in 2015.

Starting on Feb. 10, the organization is hosting its Learn to Run clinic – a 13-week program designed to get newcomers off the couch and into the 10-kilometre range in just three months.

Meeting three times per week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – and running routes along Prince Rupert Boulevard and beyond with Charles Hays Secondary as its starting point, the organization has found much success in its past clinics.

Through volunteer coaches who assist newcomers with the basics of running and even teaching them some advanced tools like what to do when running on hills and inclines, what types of shoes/clothing are best, how best to breathe, your posture and so forth.

The program is approved by the Sport Medicine Council of British Columbia and is the typical starting point for those looking to join the Rupert Runners’ yearly relays and races.

Each week fluctuates in intensity and recovery periods, so the learning curve is manageable for most runners.

The clinic is also designed to culminate on May 9 at the Crest Glory Days five and ten-kilometre races in Prince Rupert.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of the Learn to Run program can pay the pre-registry fee on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Prince Rupert Public Library.

This entails the recipient with membership to the club as well as BC Athletics, or by contacting the Rupert Runners’ website at www.rupertrunners.com for more information.