Contact: Mardi Ford
The weather was brisk and threatened rain, but that didn’t keep nearly 100 people from turning out in the early morning hours to participate in the 9th Annual GRRR! Grande Ronde Rehab Run on September 29. The event attracted runners and walkers from Union County and beyond – some participants came from as far away as Bend, Portland, even Weiser, ID and Washougal, Washington.
New this year was a timed 10k race, along with the popular 5k run or walk and 3k walk. Taking first place in the 10k men’s division was Armando Garcia of La Grande, with a time of 44.04 minutes. First place in the 10k women’s division was Tina Seavert of La Grande, with a time of 47.04 minutes.
Organized by Grande Ronde Hospital Rehabilitation Therapy Services department, the event has a three-fold purpose: to kick off National Physical Therapy Month in October, to promote exercise, and to showcase the outdoor landscape, says Jeff Whinery, a physical therapist at Grande Ronde Hospital.
“We wanted to create a local activity where people can get out and be active. We have a beautiful community and too often we’re too busy with our jobs and driving and busy schedules to appreciate it,” he says. The 3k and 5k walk and run allows people to enjoy the outdoors, he says, while the 10k attracts more competitive runners.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to add exercise to your daily routine and to burn fat. The recommended amount of walking for weight loss is 60 minutes a day most days of the week, combined with a reduced calorie diet. Walking burns about 100 calories per mile for a 160 pound person.
It probably no surprise that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of overweight and obesity has risen dramatically for both adults and children since the 1970s.