Fifteen-thousand models of fitness, and one local forum to finesse your inner athlete [Fitness and health]

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Were you inspired by the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon?  (Get race results.)  It was incredible!  And, I was totally geeked.  But, because of my daughter's begging for her usual kids' shows, I caught fewer than 5 minutes of racers happily jogging their way out of the pack of 15,000 over the starting line.  They waved, cheering at the news camera above them, presumably broadcasting hellos to family watching at home, or to everyone watching at home simply because they were geeked, too.

 

Of the thousands, many were surely running their first minis and full marathons, and as the endless sea of runners worked their way down my TV screen, Wave3's Janelle MacDonald commented that with the right training, the mini (13.1 miles) really is attainable for most people. (Incidentally, when I retold this to my husband he asked if Janelle was running.  She wasn't, but in her defense, she had to work.)  

 

Janelle was right, yet I've still to run my first 5k.  I scolded myself as my kid begged for Saturday morning cartoons, "It's totally attainable, but I haven't done it!"  

 

Throo the Zoo is only 12 days away, but since I'm running only 4 miles a week, I'll be walking the 3.1 miles.  As I began to search for a 5k to run this summer, I stumbled onto RunTheVille, "Louisville's newest and best site for running information, stories, and support."  Dare I… Next year's Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon is creeping onto my radar.  (I'll wave to you emphatically as I hobble over the airwaves.)

 

If you're looking for your first race, your fifth race, your 12th race, or you've lost count, RunTheVille is complete with a running forum, race results, blog, links to local running stores, other running sites, park loops, Twitter feed, a full race calendar for Louisville and Southern Indiana, and more. RunTheVille welcomes all runners and walkers, regardless of ability.  

 

Check it out, get inspired, RunTheVille, and maybe even 2011's Kentucky Derby Marathon or miniMarathon.

 

Image: Courtesy RunTheVille.com 

About Rachel Hurd Anger
Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys running in our metro parks, drinking local beer, and raising suburban chickens. Most recently she has contributed to a special edition of Chickens magazine.
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