Claremore Daily Progress

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December 22, 2010

Run/Walk program gets Claremore up and racing

CLAREMORE — The Fleet Feet No Boundaries Training Program for Rogers County is off and running to a successful start in changing the lives of its participants in Claremore.

“No Boundaries has not only improved the physical health of our community, it has changed lives and families and made them stronger. The results of this program have many facets: physical, mental, emotional,” said coordinator Renetta Harrison.

The No Boundaries program has been shaped by Fleet Feet Sports of Tulsa and has been offered in Tulsa since 2005. In this past year, it was offered in Claremore through the assistance of the Rogers County Health Department.

The program offers a proven approach to getting someone off the couch and prepared to successfully complete a 5K race (3.1 miles). Fleet Feet offers an organized approach, experienced coaches, pace groups for walkers and beginning runners, as well as motivation and education along the way.

In the Rogers County group, three 12-week sessions have been completed with over 80 enrolled participants each session. During the fall, the number of participants grew to over 100 with 65 graduating at the end. Graduation from the program entails completing 70 percent of the program that they are enrolled in.

“Sixty-five participants graduating is definitely a success for the program,” added Harrison. “In addition to becoming more physically active and increasing their fitness levels, they have laughed, smiled more, made friends and a support system, reduced medications needed, stopped tobacco and instilled healthy habits in their families.”

The program has two levels of training programs. The first program, aimed at beginners, is called “Couch to 5K” No Boundaries I Run/Walk. It consists of a walking group and a run/walk group which is divided into two pace groups. The other program, No Boundaries II Run/Walk includes a faster paced walking group and two pace groups of runners.

“We have participants who have literally gotten off the couch and joined the walking group, then next session advanced to the run/walk group, and have now completed a session of running,” said Harrison.

The life changes that the program is trying to implement are extremely hard to implement if the participants are not having fun while they are working out. So friendship and camaraderie are a huge part of what No Boundaries is all about.

“We are working on changing the environment to make it more likely that people are active than sedentary, and the bonus is that we are having fun doing it. The participants inspire the mentor/coaches just as much as they inspire and encourage the participants,” added Harrison.

The camaraderie really comes into play when the group takes part in a race. After the coaches and mentors finish, they go back and find the participants and cheer them on to the finish and every member of the No Boundaries team does this until all the members have been “picked up” and are finished with the run.

“This program is truly a blessing for our community and all of Rogers County, and other counties are welcome to join us. We want this community along with every community to feel better about not only themselves but also to feel positive about the future,” said Harrison.

For more information about No Boundaries, please visit their website at www.fleetfeettulsa.com. The spring 2011 Rogers County No Boundaries session is in the planning stages and will be announced in January, most likely to begin late March.

For questions or information, call Renetta Harrison at the Rogers County Health Department at 918-698-7903.

 

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