The Landmark Assisted Living Center and the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer a Senior Couch to 5K program for interested participants ages 50 and older.
Landmark Marketing and Admissions Director Lisa Martin said this is part of the Center’s goal to promote healthy aging in our area.
“As our life expectancy gets longer it’s much more important that we each find a level of fitness that keeps us active and healthy,” she said. “The trails in Patrick County are perfect for those looking to improve fitness, relieve stress, and achieve an incredible goal.”
The Senior Couch to 5K program is free and designed for absolute beginners, with the intent of turning couch potatoes into 5K participants in 9 weeks. The program will feature 3 weekly in-person training sessions that begin with 20 minutes of walking/running and develop into a full 30-minute program. The training will culminate on May 21 with the Strawberry Festival 5K. Participants may run or walk, the goal is to be outside and active on a regular basis.
Landmark Administrator Joy Hairston encouraged the community to be involved. “The body you start with at beginning of training will not be the same body on the day of the race. Each day you will become stronger, and your endurance will improve with each training day. Together we can work to make our community stronger and healthier.”
Participants will receive T-shirts to start the program and other prizes throughout the 9 weeks as they reach other milestones.
“I am so excited that a couch to 5K program is coming back to Patrick County,” said the chamber’s Executive Director Rebecca Adcock. “This is a great low impact, low pressure way to get back into or start exercising.”
For more information about the program, call Martin at (276) 694-3050, extension 4504. To register, visit https://bit.ly/RegistertoRunTLC. The program is free to all participants.