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Go run celebrates

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Go Run members decided to celebrate the club's one year anniversary, by giving God thanks for the achievements of the past year at the Mona Heights Chapel, on Sunday March 6, 2016.
Go Run members after Food for the Poor 5k.

Over the last 10-15 years, there has been an explosion of running/walking clubs, bolstered by events such as Sigma run, Kingston City Run and Reggae Marathon. These clubs have become necessary as a result of a growing threat to public health the rise of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, just to name a few. Eating unhealthy food and over consumption of tobacco and alcohol have a direct bearing on your internal and external well-being.

Exercise is medicine to the body as regular exercise and running has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Running prevents obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer. It also improves your emotional and mental health.

To this end, Go Run was formed a year ago (March 3, 2015), to create a healthier lifestyle for persons who desire it. According to president of the club, Ferhandi Henry, "We boast over 60 members who can be found at regular race events across the island. Our members meet three to four times per week, running 5k races, and longer distances for those who are fitter, and boot camp on Saturdays. At our first official road race as a running club last year (Fortis 5k) we walked away with first place team trophy. In addition, at the Shipping Industry 5k, we walked away with five individual trophies.

This year promises to be great as we all have made the commitment to continue living a healthier and wholesome life. So join us on this journey, we welcome everyone, to eat well, move daily, hydrate often, sleep and love the skin you are in."