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Stepping Up - Popular Learn to Walk/Run Clinic returns to Bridgetown in 2018

The Bridgetown Running Group’s Learn to Walk/Run Clinic has inspired dozens of people to take steps towards better health with a 12-week program that is perfect for almost everyone. Pictured here are members from a previous winter running season.
The Bridgetown Running Group’s Learn to Walk/Run Clinic has inspired dozens of people to take steps towards better health with a 12-week program that is perfect for almost everyone. Pictured here are members from a previous winter running season. - Contributed

'It really is suitable for just about anyone'

BRIDGETOWN - Here’s a program that will help you keep that New Year’s Resolution to stay fit in 2018 -- the 12-week Learn to Walk/Run Clinic. It’s returning to Bridgetown in January 2018 and helps people to embark on a healthy lifestyle while embracing outdoors active living.

The clinic, with instructors Louise and John LeDuc, starts on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Bridgetown Trojan Centre (26 Bay Rd.) and runs for 12-weeks. It will include three walks/runs per week – Saturday (10 a.m.), Monday (6 p.m.) and Wednesday (6 p.m.). In lieu of a registration fee, people are being asked to contribute a free-will donation that will go to the Bridgetown Community Recreation Association (BCRA) Minor Sports Fund.

“The BCRA is proud to be partnering with the Bridgetown Running Group to help promote healthy living,” said Nicole Hackenschmidt, BCRA board member. “The Learn to Walk/Run Clinic will be accepting donations to BCRA Minor Sports Fund which helps youth sports in the Bridgetown area. Not only can you help yourself be more active, you can help the youth of the community do the same.”

Popular

Louise LeDuc said there have been more than 150 people who have joined the Bridgetown Learn to Walk/Run Clinic in the past. “I’m always impressed how people with no experience in running took up the challenge and how they achieved their personal best.”

The clinic is a gradual one, she said, combining walking and running.

The program starts off the first week running one minute and walking two minutes and repeating that six times, then finishing off with one minute of running. Add that up and it’s 19 minutes with seven minutes of running interspersed. Participants run at a pace that is comfortable for them.

“It really is suitable for just about anyone,” she said.

Over the 12-weeks, the clinic will combine walking with a gradual progression of running. The group will gradually work up to running for 10 minutes and walking for one and repeating.

“Our goal is to complete five kilometres by the end of the program,” Louise LeDuc said.

Winter

According to the LeDucs, winter is a great time to be outside and be active.

“The air is crisp and so invigorating,” they said. “The challenge is for people to overcome their fear of being outside during the winter months.”

They point out, if people dress properly for the weather conditions, it is a very enjoyable experience.

“This will be our seventh clinic,” said Louise LeDuc. “Many of our graduates have continued on in their running journey and have set goals for themselves to keep the motivation high.”

Former participant Wendy Sabean completely agrees.

"Last year was my first Learn to Run,” she said. “The support, tips, and new friendships made was great! Everyone works towards the same goal to get healthier and achieve their own personal best.”

"Running is as much for the mind and soul as it is for the body,” said Jim MacNeill. “Louise’s and John’s approach to the running program will ease you into that place you have always dreamed of being; the complete you."

“I first joined the Running Club in 2013 and have since completed several 5k and 10k races as well as two half-marathons,” said Jennifer Lawrence. “It’s not only the feeling of personal accomplishment that I enjoy but the support and friendships that grow as a result of the Running Club. Louise and John are phenomenal instructors; they constantly encourage and inform and they are true inspirations. I rejoin every year to get back into the groove and feel healthy. I am looking forward to another year of running.”

“After running for over 35 years, I am most inspired and motivated by those who take those first big steps towards their personal health and fitness goals,” said Louise LeDuc.

Registration

Registration for the 12-week Learn to Walk/Run Clinic will be on the first day of the clinic - Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Trojan Centre. If you have any questions, contact Louise LeDuc at 902-665-2476.

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