By Andrea Cordle
Grove City resident Kelly Wolfe has been running since she was a teenager. She enjoys lacing up her sneakers and getting out and active.
Wolfe has also participated in running clubs. She said she was fed up with driving all the way to Dublin or other suburbs to go for a run with her peers. This is why she decided to start the Grove City Running Club.
“I have a lot of faith in Grove City,” said Wolfe. “I see runners all over our city.”
Beginning Sept. 6, the club will meet Saturdays at 7 a.m. in the Grove City Town Center, in front of Lilly’s Kitchen Table, 4008 Broadway.
“This is a way to bring runners in the community together,” said Wolfe. “People can make it what they want.”
Wolfe said the club is for anyone, of any fitness level, whether you are just starting out or training for a marathon.
“In this club, you will have support,” said Wolfe.
Wolfe said club members could motivate one another. She also said it is a great opportunity to make new friends.
According to the American Heart Association, running can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Those who are active have a reduced risk of heart attack or stroke. Physical fitness not only improves cardiovascular health, it boosts the metabolism and helps the individual increase their self-esteem.
The heart association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week.
For Wolfe, the 37-year-old mother is busy with a family. She said if she needs a quick break, she heads out for a run.
“The cost is low and all you need is tennis shoes.”
Wolfe encourages anyone interested to join the club.
“You have to start somewhere,” she said. “It’s there for the people.”
Wolfe would like to have approximately 35 to 50 members of the Grove City Running Club. She said she would work with the members on training plans.
At first, the club will meet once a week. If it gains popularity and the demand is there, Wolfe said she would go from there.
Those interested in joining the club can simply show up the morning of the run.
For additional information, contact Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org or look up the Grove City Community Run Club on Facebook.