Enjoy community, fun activities, and nutritious snacks at Mount St. Joseph University’s 4th annual “Just for the Health of It” 5K, on September 22, 2017.
Road races, both short and long, appeal to competitive runners of all ages. But in Delhi, Mount St. Joseph University has started a new tradition that emphasizes the health benefits of both walking and running – even at a relaxed pace.
Started four years ago by chair of the Athletic Training department Dr. B.C. Charles-Liscombe, the annual September event includes awards for first place in several age groups, but also encourages everyone to come out and participate...just for the health of it! According to the current physical activity guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, “adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.” Dr. Charles-Liscombe is excited about event. "It's really a great opportunity to involve the local community in an event that states clearly even those who don’t finish in the top ten are receiving the reward of improved health."
Students majoring in Athletic Training and Health & Wellness are involved in design, promotion, and implementation of the event. According to Summer Hamilton, senior Health & Wellness major, "promoting wellness includes many different dimensions of health, such as those listed on the event’s official logo: spiritual, emotional, creative, social, physical, environmental, occupational, and intellectual."
Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is a premiere sponsor of the event.The MSJ 5K also serves as a fundraiser for on-campus and Delhi community wellness events, such as Delhi Historical Society’s Bicentennial celebration (2016), and MSJ’s participation in the National College Health Assessment.
This year’s MSJ 5K kicks off with healthy pre-race snacks, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of Seton Center, and a mini-Zumba class at 5:45 p.m. to get participants warmed-up for the event. Hands-on stretching, led by students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, will take place before and after the race to decrease soreness and speed recovery time.
The race begins at 6:45 p.m., with the route winding around the Mount St. Joseph University campus and the neighboring Sisters of Charity Motherhouse. Post-race fun includes a water-balloon fight, mini-yoga class, a healthy post-race meal, and awards for top finishers.
Community members and college students can purchase t-shirts in either heather grey or neon yellow to help support and promote the event, as well as overall health and wellness.The community group with the most participants will receive a special award. Students from kindergarten through high school are encouraged to register, either in school teams, or individually. Dr. Charles-Liscombe adds, “We encourage your participation no matter your fitness level. We want you to come out and enjoy the pleasure of being active – just for the health of it!”