By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Marlborough – It's been a long, cold winter but now a local group, based at the ConnectingPoint Church in Marlborough, wants to get you “off the couch” The group is now organizing its fifth season of the exercise program, “Couch- to- 5K ?.”
Developed by the website coolrunning.com, Couch-to-5K instructs participants on how to gradually mix a combination of walking and running over a 10-week period until they are able to comfortably run 5 kilometers (approximately three miles).
The program is free and open to all, especially those who have never run before. It will kick-off Monday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Assabet River Rail Trail, across from the church. They will then meet Mondays through Thursdays from 6-6:45 p.m. and Sundays, 8-8:45 a.m.? Participants should make a 45-minute time commitment, for the three days per week of their choice.
There will be two groups, according to organizer Eric Sahlberg, which will both be overseen by experienced runners.
“Our Walking Group will exercise and encourage one another towards walking a 5K,” he said. “Our Jogging Group has a goal of jogging a 5K.”
The program will also have “Nutrition Nights” to help participants learn the best things to eat before and after a run.
The group will meet in the municipal parking lot to the left of 72 Jefferson St., and then walk and jog along the Assabet River Rail Trail.
For more information go to www.connectingpointchurch.org or the church's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ConnectingPointMarlboroughCouchTo5k.