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Challenge set for Fort St. John running series

Fitness enthusiasts are enjoying the chance get their sweat on for a few weeks at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, as the Winter Challenge Series goes strong for another year.
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The Winter Challenge Running Series is back for another year.

Fitness enthusiasts are enjoying the chance get their sweat on for a few weeks at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, as the Winter Challenge Series goes strong for another year.

Runners, joggers or individuals who want to improve or maintain their fitness levels over the winter months are taking part in three separate events over five-week periods. The events started Oct. 6 and will run into January.

Geoff Hillary, a Fort St. John resident for the past three-and-a-half years and a running enthusiast since 1992, has participated in 106 marathons and 500 races.

“I’m not a competitor by any means, I’m just a participant,” said Hillary of his background.

He explained the Winter Challenge timed runs are held Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the running track, adding that participants can run as many times as are available and bonus time deductions will be awarded for completing eight Challenge runs.

When you elect to have your run timed, you are required to pay $2 and fill your name on the clipboard of the timekeeper, Hillary explained. There are also time deductions for age, gender and weight considerations.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the Challenge for the lowest average time, measured over participants’ four fastest runs, as well as for the competitor who shows the greatest overall improvement.

The series falls under the iRun group, a spin-off of the Edmonton iRun group. Hillary said more info on iRun can be found on Facebook.

Hillary hopes the Winter Challenge will be successful, and spill over into outdoor runs next summer. For now, the five-week challenge will run into January of next year.

“We wanted to get an event going for the winter,” he said. “We’ll tweak it as we go along.”

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