DERRY — It’s all about staying well.For the people who join together every week to help each other stay fit it’s also about friendship. The Greater Derry Track Club has partnered with Parkland Medical Center for a “Couch to 5K” program, where people interested in fitness can gather to learn the proper ways to warm up and exercise. The program will ultimately put the participants on board for this year’s Turkey Trot road race on Thanksgiving Day, hosted by the track club.
Those gathering last week were learning proper warmup methods and what to wear when taking on the seasonal elements while walking and running. Track club member John McGarry said some of those taking part are beginner runners; others want to just walk and get some exercise. Parkland registered nurse Deb Poggie is instrumental in the hospital’s fitness and wellness efforts.
She said having the track club on board is a joint venture that will continue to promote good health.
“This is one piece of all the wellness program options,” Poggie said. She said Parkland is committed to continuing to bring staff on board with various programs and events offered throughout the year.
Poggie also said it’s about being a team both in the workplace and while working out together.
This year’s Turkey Trot is set for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at Gallien’s Beach on Route 102.
This is the 39th year for the road race. Registration is now underway at gdtc.org/turkey trot.