There’s fun to be had at the Comox Valley Road Runners annual 5k Clinic. File photo

Comox Valley Road Runners 5k Clinic starts Jan. 19

The Comox Valley Road Runners annual 5k Clinic starts Saturday, Jan. 19.

The CVRR has been keeping the Valley running for 33 years. The clinic is popular with beginners, but the club also has many repeat participants looking to improve their skills or to achieve a personal best.

Every year, the club looks forward to gathering at the Lower Native Sons Hall to kick start people’s fitness for the new year. Committing to a more active lifestyle could be difficult but not with the support of this club. Every week there is a new presenter before runners hit the pavement. Motivation is built in with weekly journals, running partners who encourage everyone along the way, Monday night homework runs and breakfast events.

Ten weeks pass quickly while participants build solid, healthy habits. By March 23, everyone is ready for the 5k Fun Run. Each year, the club sees amazing personal achievements: New runners who couldn’t believe they’d ever finish the full 5k; cancer and heart attack survivors with the determination to overcome health issues. Some make it a family affair, grandmother, daughter and granddaughter running together.

The clinic is a community success story. More than 30 volunteers from the CVRR commit to keeping the Valley running every year.

Register at www.cvrr.ca (programs), or in person at Extreme Runners or the Lewis Centre.

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