By GERRI GRADY
Several members of the Cherokee Runners competed in the 2nd annual Ramble Run in Asheville on Saturday, May 12. Runners had a choice of 5K (3.1 miles) or 12K (about 7.5 miles). Dawna Paul and Heather Driver ran the 5K while Marlene Arch, Samantha Ferguson and Michael Henson competed in the 12K with Henson coming second in his age group. Elnora Thompson volunteered with the event’s organizers to ensure that runners were safe and hydrated.
Stephan Swimmer, Cherokee Runners president & certified coach, has been leading hill sessions for the last three weeks. This week, the sessions will concentrate on speed work, and they will begin on Thursday, May 17. Runners will participate in a dynamic warm up and then go to about 45 minutes of sprints. These bursts of speed will also incorporate endurance components as many of the runners are training for the Marine Corps Marathon that’s held at the end of October.
The regular meetings for the group are held on the 1st and the 15th of each month at 6:30pm at the Age Link Conference Room. All individuals are welcome to join no matter the fitness level. Walk or run your way to fitness and have fun along the way! See our website www.cherokeerunners.com or visit our Facebook page.