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Holidays Can Pack On Pounds, But Winter Series Can Help Whip You Into Shape

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 25, 2013 2:31 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The smells that waft from the kitchen during the holidays are wonderful, tempting you to taste an assortment of dishes that can pack on some pounds.

Enjoy the feast, but also make some plans on how you can get some exercise over the winter months. The Winter Series Walks/Runs just might be your ticket to a slimmer, fitter version of yourself.

The series of walks and runs are scheduled in Charleston in December, January and February. All races start and finish behind West Virginia University Charleston/Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital at 31 Street and Virginia Avenue.

Following is the schedule:

Sunday, Dec. 8 -- 1 p.m., 3,000-meter (1.8 miles) walk; 2 p.m. 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) run.

Sunday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m. 4,000-meter (2.4 miles) walk; 2 p.m. 8,000-meter (4.9 miles) run.

Sunday, Feb. 2 – 1 p.m. 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) walk; 2 p.m. 10,000-meter (6.2 miles) run.

Same day registration for each event is $20. Advance registration that covers all three events is $45. Students can register for all three events for $20. WVU, CAMC and city of Charleston employees can participate for $20 for three events. Advance registration must be received by Dec. 1.

There also will be a special registration day offered on Dec. 6 at Robert’s Running & Walking Shop in Charleston. A special rate of $40 will be open to runners and walkers to do all three events, and $18 for students to do all three events. There will be a raffle drawn from the entries received that day.

Participants in the Winter Series not only do something great for their health, but they receive a few perks. Runners and walkers who finish all three events receive a hooded sweatshirt. In the first two runs, awards will be presented to the top male and female and in the following age divisions – 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70 and over; and wheelchair. After the third race, awards will be presented in the same categories based on cumulative times for all three races.

No age group awards will be offered for the walks, but the top three males and females will win awards in the first two races with awards presented in the same categories after the third race based on cumulative times for all three events.

Volunteers who help will all three races will receive a hoody.

The flat, easy course is marked and starts at 31st Street and Virginia Avenue in Kanawha City and continues onto Kanawha Avenue before finishing in the same location. Traffic control will be provided at major intersections.

Paper applications are available here

Online registration for the December race is:

here

Online registration for the January race is: here

Online registration for the February race is:

here

Sponsors of the Winter Series are WCHS TV, the city of Charleston, the Tallman Track Club and Robert’s Running & Walking Shop.



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