Sports & Health
Running 200 Miles Into the New Year
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

Over a decade ago, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Diabetes Program started a cardio club known as the 100-Mile Club. Participants were given the opportunity to either complete 100 or 200 miles within 10 weeks, starting at the beginning of the new year. What better way to start off a healthy year than to run, walk or ride into the new year with possibly 200 miles under your belt?

Eating more healthfully and exercising tends to be one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. This year, the cardio club gained approximately 70 participants, with each participant aiming to be a healthier individual. Participants included SRPMIC Community members and families, SRPMIC tribal employees, SRPMIC enterprise employees (Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort, Salt River Fields, Salt River Devco), and folks from Saddleback Communications and the Boys & Girls Club (Red Mountain/Lehi branch).

Registration closed on January 15, when participants completed initial weigh-ins, abdominal measurements and decided whether they would aim to complete 100 or 200 miles individually. Participants can complete their miles by walking, running, hiking, cycling, swimming, dancing or in the group exercise classes held at the Salt River Fitness Center.

Participants will be monitored over the 10 weeks with biweekly mile reports, weigh-ins and abdominal measurements. A final measurement will be taken on Monday, March 28 or Tuesday, March 29. Stay tuned for names of the 100- and 200-mile completers!

For questions about the 100-Mile Club, call the Salt River Fitness Center at (480) 362-7320.

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