Start training for Get Your Rear in Gear 5K

Monday, July 25, 2016

By: Femi Cole


Organizers at the Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center say the old adage, “it’s never too late to train,” still holds true. That’s why they’re encouraging participants to train now, even though the 5K run/walk is a mere 12 days away.


“Every little bit of training helps,” race director Mike Schmidt said. “It doesn’t matter that you have yet to run to the end of the driveway this summer, not to mention a mile. If you start today, you can still expect to have a successful and enjoyable Get Your Rear in Gear experience.”


Preparing for the race through training, no matter how little you may have done at this point, will ensure an increasingly positive physical experience on race day, says Laura Grovogel, a fitness and nutrition expert at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Fitness Center.


“Training for a 5K may seem like a daunting task for those not accustomed to running, but a 5K, which is about 3 miles, offers just enough challenge without seeming insurmountable to newbies or too much, too soon for those returning to running after an extended period away,” she said. “Have a training plan, stick to it and enjoy your race-day success.”


The team of fitness experts at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Fitness Center offers training tips for runners and walkers. Contact them at (866) 938-0035 for more information.


Registration is open for the second annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run/walk, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. It offers a timed 5K race and a 1.5-mile walk. The race will carry runners and walkers from Aurora BayCare Medical Center, through the surrounding neighborhoods and back to the start/finish line on the hospital campus. Race organizers expect upwards of 200 registrants.


The run/walk is an effort to raise awareness of colon cancer and better educate the public about the importance of appropriate screenings and early detection, race organizers say. It’s a program of the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based group that promotes national awareness of colon cancer and encourages increased use of screenings.


Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.

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