Racing series Making A Difference in community’s health
(WLUK) -- Taking part in races is a great way to exercise, stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors.
"I just really look to challenge myself. And this is a really good goal for me, to do something every month; to know I have a goal that I need to meet,” said Katie Barrera, of Green Bay.
Barrera is running in the City Stadium Run for Veterans event.
It's one of seven that make up the Titletown Race Series.
"I think it's an excellent way to keep people involved and people motivated and really see our city,” said Barrera.
"It's just a lot of fun,” said John Hollister, of Neenah.
More and more people are lacing up and taking part in the series of races, like John Hollister, of Neenah. This is his fourth year of doing the series.
"It's definitely for everybody. There's all abilities and all ages, for sure,” said Hollister.
The series starts in June with the Bellin Run. There is a race about once a month, ending with the Turkey Trot.
"I think the main reason it's growing is people are finding it fun," said Nate Vandervest, a running specialist at Bellin Health.
Vandervest helped create the idea.
He says 20,000 area runners and walkers take part in one or more races.
He says the trend now is to race in three or more.
"And it gives people that next goal. So instead of just running one race, and training for one race, now they're training for multiple races. They're staying in shape year round, all the way from March into the holiday season and makes a big difference for those people and keeps them motivated,” said Vandervest.
"We started this race series because we knew we were doing a lot to get our community active with the Bellin Run, having that goal race. And we realized that our participants really wanted more,” said Linda Maxwell, Bellin Health.
There is some competition to the race series.
Runners earn points by how well they place.
But they also earn points by simply taking part in the race.
The more you do, the more points you collect.
"So that's kind of the beauty of the scoring system. And it makes it fun for everybody because everybody can compete in it that way,” said Vandervest.
"Everyone's really supportive of one another. You get to know people, race after race, because you're seeing the same faces. So I think there's more camaraderie than nerves," said Barrera.
So if you're looking for a way to get moving, and keep moving, this just might be it.
"And that's what we want to do, is get people in our community up and active and motivated to stay active," Vandervest said.
"Do it. Just do it. Get up and run. It's healthy and you've got to do something. Don't sit on the couch. Get up and do something," said Hollister.