MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – It’s time to spring into running. Local 5Ks are coming up, and it is an excellent opportunity to do your first 5K or rejuvenate your exercise program.  

The Wellness Center at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center is offering a 0 to 5K Training Program for first-time 5K participants. The training program will focus on getting in shape, gaining cardiovascular endurance, improving running or walking form, and ultimately improving race time.

Running, jogging, or walking in a road race can breathe new life into any exercise program. Races are a way to connect with others with a similar goal. Getting together on race day with a few hundred others with the same collective goal, to be healthy, can be very invigorating.

0 to 5K is open to all ages and levels of runners or walkers. The program will focus on running/walking during each session with core and resistance work each week specifically designed to improve running and walking form and ability. Also, topics such as heart rate training, training plan, proper fueling, and injury prevention will be addressed each week. Walkers will follow the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Program.

0 to 5K includes weekly coaching sessions, group runs, eight-week training plan, and instruction on running/walking form and training. It will be held at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg every Monday at 5:30 p.m. from April 23 through June 18, skipping Memorial Day.

For more information or to sign up for 0 to 5K at War Memorial Park, call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814, or email ddejarnett@wvumedicine.org.

For more information: Teresa McCabe, Vice President of Marketing and Foundation, 304-264-1223