Johnson didn’t hesitate to jump in. “When I was approached to help them, it didn’t take me long to make up my mind. The Y is family,” she said. “I’m happy to give back by sharing my love for running. I will help by scheduling team runs, leading some runs and supporting club members as they work towards their fitness goals.”
The club has already set up a calendar with different types of runs led by Lezama, Johnson and other volunteers. The runs include beginner (1.5 to three miles at a gentle pace), intermediate (three to seven miles at a moderate pace) and advanced (seven-plus miles at a challenging pace). All runs start in the lobby of the Salem Y. Visit www.northshoreymca.org/pages/18922_running_club.cfm for more information.
Starts and stops
The third annual Rotary Run the Heater 5K Run/Walk takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 8:30 a.m. on Singing Beach in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Proceeds benefit the Manchester Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund and causes supported by the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club. Visit http://manchester-essexrotary.org/run-the-heater-5k-2012/ for more information.
All five of Beverly’s elementary schools benefit from the upcoming third annual Fall Frolic 5K, which takes places on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Lynch Park in Beverly. The fun run starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 p.m. along the same route as the Beverly Homecoming 5K. The first 200 5K registrants receive shirts and awards are given to the top male and female finishers and medals to the top three in each age group. Visit www.fallfrolic5k.com/ for more information and to register online.
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