Fireworks 5K Trail Walk Run Planned for July 6 at Stonewall Resort

On July 6, there will be a Fireworks 5K Trail Walk Run at Stonewall Resort. The event is organized by Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital employee Rachelle McIntyre-Nicholson. It will be a scenic event over a trail at Stonewall Resort. Dogs are allowed but there will be no t-shirts awarded. The cost is $15 pre-registration and $20 on the day of the race. Racers can go to https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=166775 to register.

This is a fun event to encourage healthy physical activity. As well as helping the physical body, more research is showing that outdoor activities help people battling depression and even opioid dependency. Providing a framework for a monthly walk run is a goal for the local Hospital.

If a person is deciding to participate in an event for the first time there is some basic advice such as purchasing good running shoes and good socks for preliminary training. Before starting a run, the runner needs a good warm-up routine, which includes stretching to get the blood flowing. Dynamic stretching includes walking lunges, butt kicks, and high knees and toy soldiers–straight-leg kicks that stretch the hamstrings.

It is not necessary to worry about how fast one is running. It is important that one’s first runs should be completed at an effort and pace that is easy and comfortable. Most beginners don’t know what an easy or comfortable pace should be so they tend to push too hard. It is better to run too slow and finish feeling like one could have gone longer or faster, rather than finishing exhausted. A simple way to determine the pace and effort is to listen to one’s breathing. If the runner is not gasping for air and can talk while running, then the pace is just right.

The Hospital began the Weston 5K Walk Run in 2008 in collaboration with Saint Patrick Church and School and the City of Weston. The Hospital has decided to expand that effort by working with groups to organize a monthly Walk Run in Lewis County. SJMH helped create Pace Yourself Lewis County, which is a group of like-minded individuals encouraging a healthy lifestyle with physical activity. SJMH is looking for other groups who would like to create Walk Runs to add to the calendar of Walk Run events.

The schedule includes:

July 6 — Fireworks Trail Run/Walk at the Resort

August 17 — U.S. Public Health Service 5K in downtown Weston beginning at 9 a.m. to support the Military Museum..

September 29 — Relay for Life of Lewis County Color Walk/Run WVU Airstrip

October 13 — 4-H Clover Run at WVU Jackson’s Mill

November 22 — Gobble Gallop in downtown Weston

December 15 — Cookies and Cocoa Walk Run at SJMH