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Friday Feature: I'm Running And You Can Too!

 
Hi again, Bob here. If you saw my post last week you know I’m passionate about volunteering with Call2Talk. Another one of my passions is distance running. I was a distance runner at Waltham High School and at Yankton College (South Dakota) and am always talking about track and distance running! Since my days at Yankton College I have coached with the Waltham Track Club and the Wayland Summer Parks and Recreation Track Camp. I have also managed many marathon relay teams and a South Dakota Special Olympics track team. Most recently I assisted the Wayland Middle School Track Team’s distance running program. All three of my kids enjoyed running at Wayland High School and were sprinters, go figure! Since my college days I have made a couple of “comebacks” which have included 5ks, 10ks and a half marathon. 
 
Today I regularly walk, swim and weight train for exercise. I also work with a sports nutritionist to keep my focus on healthy eating. I have participated and run in all three of the United Way’s previous 5K events, and was very happy last year when Jack’s Abby became the Title Sponsor. Now in addition to a long sleeve t-shirt for all runners and walkers, the registration fee also includes one of Jack’s Abby’s great lagers at the post race celebration! 
 
If you’re a walker or runner looking for a great race to support a great cause, here is a link to register: https://www.uwotc.org/5K 
 
One final note about myself. As a result of life-saving surgery five years ago, I was left with a visual impairment. I am legally blind and walk in 5K races with a guide. I use a cane at times and wear dark glasses in the bright sunlight.I will spend time in a future blog talking about what it is like to work out, to compete and to live in a visually impaired world. I will also highlight some of the incredible visually impaired athletes I have had the good fortune to come to know. I hope you’ll consider registering to walk or run with me. Watch for my next blog post about running and walking tips next week!