Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Weekly beginner and youth running group starts Thursday, June 6


by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Join beginner and youth runners for a weekly training group!

The group will train together 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 6, at Children's Park in Sioux Center. Note: Due to construction going on at Children’s Park, park your vehicles either along the street or at Kinsey Elementary.

Join a weekly running group at 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays at Children's Park in Sioux Center
 to train for the second annual Healthy Heroes
Run & Walk slated for Saturday, Sept. 21.

The goal will be to help people train to run the 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles) for the second annual Healthy Heroes Run & Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21. Participants in the weekly running group will receive free entry into the race.

Anyone who wants to learn about running and take their first steps toward running are encouraged to attend. All ages from 6 years old to adults are welcome.

“Taking that first step toward running for health or to accomplish a goal – like a race – can be scary and a bit intimidating,” said Stephanie Van Ruler, nurse health coach at Promise Community Health Center, which is organizing the Healthy Heroes event in partnership with Sioux Center Health. “We want to encourage and show others that anyone who moves is a runner. It is not about how fast or long you go; it is about being brave enough to try. Join us for positive encouragement and fun!”

Van Rulerwho will lead the running group sessions along with Missy Clabaugh, a local attorney, and Vicki Schrock, a registered nurse from Promisesaid they will offer running and training tips – with the first few weeks focusing on pacing and breathing while running. Each week will vary depending on the age of the participants.

The sessions will last about 30 minutes.

“We hope to instill a love for moving and running and an awe for the amazing ways our bodies can move and function,” Van Ruler said.

The second annual Healthy Heroes Run & Walk event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. To register, visit