The Washington Times-Herald

August 2, 2013

Every Generation benefits from running

BY Lindsay Owens Times HErald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Daviess County running enthusiasts will have a chance to run for a good cause on Aug. 24 as Generations, a program geared toward helping older adults and persons with disabilities of all ages foster their independence and dignity, will be sponsoring its third annual run. The Trailblazer 5K- Blazing the Trail in Healthy Aging will begin at the Vincennes University outdoor track and field facility located at the corner of Chestnut Street and Red Skelton Boulevard.

Participants registering for the event prior to Aug. 10 are guaranteed a moisture management T-shirt. Early registration will cost $25. Registration after Aug. 10 will be $30 and there is no guarantee of a T-shirt. Registration will be begin at 7 a.m. and the run and walk will begin at 8 a.m.

Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female runners and the top three runners in each of the age divisions will receive medals.

“The 5K is one way Generations is promoting healthy aging in our community,” said Alma Kramer, program coordinator for healthy aging.

“Studies have shown that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. That’s why we encourage the walkers as well as the runners to participate in this event.”

Kramer said the route, which is both safe and scenic, will run through the VU campus. This event will also feature a free half-mile fun run following the 5K. Participants in the fun run will receive participation ribbons.

“Funds raised through the 5K will help Generations continue to serve the needs of older adults in our six-county service area,” said Kramer. “We are best known for our Meals on Wheels program but we offer a wide range of services that help people remain active and independent in their own homes.”

Kramer said last year’s event had over 130 participants including Ken Phillips of Vincennes who has ran in the event since it started. Phillips, who began running after having quadruple bypass surgery, also takes part in several other 5K and half marathon events.

He said he is astonished at the number of older people taking part in events such as this one and that are trying to help themselves by putting in time to enrich their lives.

“Since I started jogging, I’m not as tired as I used to be and mentally I feel a lot more inspired to do things,” said Phillips in an interview with Generations.

This year for those that would like to support Generations but cannot participate in the run, there will also be a phantom run.

Individual phantom runner donations are $30. Phantom runners making their donations before Aug. 9 will receive a goodie bag and T-shirt. Phantom Family Runner donation packages are also available for $50 or more before Aug. 9. The family package will also include goodie bags and T-shirts with the family’s name on the back of the running shirt. For every $50 donation, the family will get a goodie bag and personalized T-shirt.

Generations serves over 3,300 residents in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin and Pike counties.

Those wishing to register for the 5K or phantom run can do so by going to www.trailblazer5k.com, or by contacting Alma Kramer at 812-888-4527.