Free beginners running program starts Jan. 5
December 6, 2021
The Syracuse Chargers Track Club’s Everyone Can Run Beginners Running Program was postponed last fall due to concerns over the pandemic. It will now start on Jan. 5, 2022 at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center. Greg Tuttle of the Syracuse Chargers, a USA Track & Field-certified coach, will lead the weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 5:30–6:30 p.m. through Feb. 9, 2022.
The free six-week program will be held at the Fitness Center’s indoor track. Proof of COVID vaccination and wearing a mask is required to attend. Informational presentations from running related professionals will be held at most of the sessions.
Patrick Scott, the JCC’s sports and fitness director, says this program is for everyone and that people of all fitness levels are welcome.
“The Chargers do a great job of teaching people how to run properly,” he says. “The strength of your leg muscles, your bones, your body posture, your gait—all of these affect your stamina. By the end of the program, you will be able to run for 30 minutes with relative ease.”
The class will start with walking and the number of running intervals will increase every week on a set schedule. Each participant will also be given a Syracuse Chargers pedometer and a two-week trial pass to the JCC’s Fitness Center.