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New program helps students and faculty train for 5K

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Junior Taylor Hemmerick stretches before training for practice. Junior Taylor Hemmerick stretches before training for practice.
Tina Devlin of the Campus Wellness Office says that the program is great for all types of runners. Tina Devlin of the Campus Wellness Office says that the program is great for all types of runners.

By: Amanda Bishop

    Warm weather and sunny skies have brought many people outdoors after a long winter and cold spring. Cabin fever is gone and people are getting outside and getting active. Students and faculty members at the University of South Carolina are hitting the ground running, training for upcoming distance runs.

    The University of South Carolina's Campus Wellness Office is helping those who do not want to train on their own.

   Gamecocks on the Move is a program started two years ago by a graduate student for faculty. The program has now grown to include students, who make up 30 percent of this years participants.

"This program was designed to help people who are beginners, who are intermediate, advanced in regards to marathon based running and 5k programs.", said Tina Devlin, Campus Wellness.

 There are 3 different aspects of the program:

  •  Walk Only
  •  Walk and Run
  •  Run Only

   The program is meant to help guide those who have never trained for a race before.

   Junior Taylor Hemmerick has been training for her upcoming 5k race on her own. She says that learning about the program will help students who struggle motivating themselves to train.

"But if I had a group with me, they would tell me to come on and lets go and run. It'd be more like a I have to be there thing. I would disappoint my group if I wasn't there" Hemmerick says.

    Participants of the program will be running in the Changing Carolina Peer Leaders 5k on April 26 ,which will take place on campus.

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