In an attempt to promote friendship, good health and the benefits of running, Veronica McFadden started a program called, "Women on the Run."
The philosophy of the program is to support area women runners of all levels, abilities and interest. The program introduces non-runners to the benefits of running and gives those individuals who have been running for some time a change of pace.
McFadden has been running for 22 years. McFadden started the program in the fall of 1999, when she and her family moved to Alta and she didn't have anyone to run with.
"I didn't know of any running groups in the area so I decided to start one myself," McFadden said. "It's been a good thing for the community."
McFadden found four friends who were also veteran runners, so they began participating in group runs. The groups now has over 40 runners participating.
"When I started I had a goal of 50 women and I still have a little time left," McFadden said. "I'm real close. It's been exciting."
McFadden recently began a new beginners program, otherwise known as the Newbies. This program is a progressive exercise program that gently introduces the non-runners to the benefits of running.
The program starts with information, stretching and then a warm-up walk. "After a good distance of walking, we will slowly run a short distance," McFadden said. "The thought of running might conjure up unpleasant memories of high school P.E. class, but let me assure you that this program is nothing like that experience."
Read the rest of this story in the 3/22 Pilot Tribune.