This was a big week for the GVWC. We got it done on the race course on Saturday at Cap City, after having served the community meal on Tuesday night at the Reeb Avenue Center. You guys are fantastic. Through your actions—by promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping those in the community—you make this a great Club. One could say you Walk the Talk.
Remember, since this is first Saturday of the month, we’re scheduled for the Winans to Winans route. Stuff in the newsletter this week:
- Team GVWC, Two New Half Marathoners!
- Reeb Avenue Center – Serving the Community Dinner
- GVWC Member, Gail Stoy, Offers German Village Tours
- Your Healthy Best Friend – Mitochondria
Team GVWC, including Two New Half Marathoners!
The GVWC had a strong showing at the OhioHealth Cap City races on Saturday. Eighteen members participated in either the 5K, Quarter and Half Marathon, including two new Half Marathoners – Sandra and Otto!
Spring races, which are primarily used to shake off the winter rust and establish a base to build on for the rest of the year, are never easy. Training through the winter is challenging enough. Add to that the unpredictability of race-day weather. GVWC members trained well and, despite the cold and windy conditions, did well during the races. Great job everyone. And special congratulations to Otto and Sandra!
Also, huge congratulations to Evan Schwartz of Columbus Running Company, who WON the Cap City Half Marathon with a time of 1:07:55. Wicked fast! You may recall having met Evan at our Spring to Your Feet event a couple weeks ago. Besides being an elite runner, Evan knows his stuff about running shoes. If you haven’t been in to one of the CRC locations to pick up new shoes (or whatever) with your member gift card, consider stopping in to see Evan at the Short North store. My family was in the Short North store a few weeks to get shoes and we were quite pleased with Evan’s fantastic service.
Finally, congratulations to GVWC members, Emily Smith and Andrea Applegate, who competed in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Saturday in Nashville. This race was a milestone for both. It was the first time Emily beat Andrea in a half marathon. And with Tennessee in the books, Andrea has completed a full or a half in 16 states. So proud of you both!
Reeb Avenue Center – Serving the Community Dinner
The GVWC served the Tuesday Night Community Dinner at the Reeb Avenue Center‘s South Side Roots Café last week. With 16 volunteers, this was our largest group yet. Once again, it was an honor to help out our South Side neighbors. The Reeb Avenue Center provides many great social services, including Boys & Girls Club, Adult Education and Workforce Development, Early Care, and South Side Café and Fresh Food Market.
Mark your calendar for our next date to serve the Community Dinner, September 25, which is the 3rd Anniversary celebration of the Reeb Avenue Center. It will be a special night. They Center may need as many as 40 volunteers that night. If you are interested in joining us, email Frank. Thanks to all who participated!
GVWC member Gail Stoy Offers German Village Tours!
Village residents Gail Stoy and John Clark are offering guided walking tours of the neighborhood. Travel back in time as you walk the brick sidewalks, admire the private gardens and public parks, and discover the little-known history of this cherished Columbus neighborhood. For more information, visit their website, GermanVillageTours.com.
John and Gail are offering a free multimedia lecture on the history of German Village. Please join us Thursday, May 10, 7pm, at Stauf’s,627 S. 3rd St.
Your Healthy Best Friend -Mitochondria
There is no doubt about it that moving more is one of the best ways to get and stay healthy. If you need a little more incentive to move more, or would like to help provide incentive for a loved one to move more, here is an article from Runners World Magazine with a more in-depth (and “scare you into”) explanation of why moving more is so damn important to your health. It is all about your mitochondria, the power plant for every cell in your body. The more mitochondria you generate (and you can generate new mitochondria with increased exercise), generally the healthier and more productive your body will work. When you stop exercising, you lose mitochondria, which can become a downward spiral for your health. This article is a little long and gets somewhat technical, but I think it is well worth the 8- to 10-minute read.
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!