Expert speakers at 5K clinic

The Learn to Run 5K Clinic, hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners, starting Saturday Jan. 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the Native Son’s Hall in Courtenay, has again brought together an impressive lineup of guest speakers for the participants.

Group Run Leader Mary Ann Rolfe kept things fun for participants in last year’s clinic. This year’s clinic starts Saturday.

Group Run Leader Mary Ann Rolfe kept things fun for participants in last year’s clinic. This year’s clinic starts Saturday.

The Learn to Run 5K Clinic, hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners, starting Saturday Jan. 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the Native Son’s Hall in Courtenay, has again brought together an impressive lineup of guest speakers for the participants.

Clinic co-organizer Leslie Dargie says of the program, “New runners are taught the things they really need to know and those who already run are taught how they can up their game.” She adds, “You’ll learn training techniques like track running made fun and easy, hill workouts that make you stronger and how things like warm ups, cooling down, strides and intervals can easily added to help you achieve your goals.” 

Several professionals and experienced area athletes have been brought together to give the clinic participants a wealth of knowledge and experience they can apply to reach their own fitness goals. Topics covered include proper footwear, injury prevention, nutrition, strength and balance, flexibility and goal setting. Group run leaders will guide your workouts and two breakfast runs are part of the schedule.

The Learn to Run 5K Clinic is 10 consecutive weeks and culminates with a grand finale 5K run on Saturday, March 19, the day before the Comox Valley Half Marathon Race. The clinic costs $50 and participants can register at the CRA, Extreme Runners on Fifth Street., or on the first day of the clinic at the lower level of the Native Son’s Hall on Cliffe Avenue at Third Street in Courtenay at 8:30 a.m.

“If you’ve got a desire to get in shape, have fun and want to be able to run five kilometres, then this clinic is for you!” a CVRR spokesperson said. More info and a full schedule is at www.cvrr.ca or contact Steve Royer at sroyer6@telus.net.