In spite of all-night rain, morning drizzle and foggy circumstances, ten of the nineteen participants’ spirits weren’t dampened and arrived at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, April 26, for the 5K run-walk. Another five had arrived the night before and stayed in the Eden Valley Village. The last four participants came in time for worship and breakfast. All participants were a chipper and enthusiastic bunch throughout the whole misty day. The program was well organized and presented by Joseph Hollifield, Eden Valley Lifestyle’s Fitness Trainer, with assistance from John Roeske, Eden Valley’s resident marathon runner and trail guide, and Michael Charles, former NFL player and director of The Healing Place ministry in Denver.
Joseph delivered two well-researched lectures covering fitness from every aspect. Then they were off to the gym for a lower-body work-out before lunch. A hike to Eden Valley’s North Peak was scheduled, but the slick trails up the mountain made for a divergent route to the meadow and fun on the zip line. On return and after a short break, it was back to the gym for an upper-body workout before supper.
Delicious, nutritious meals were prepared and served by Laural Bates, Shari Waggoner, Eden Valley staff and Leasa Hodges, Eden Valley vice president.
The youngest participant was 18 and the oldest 68. Each received a JUMPSTART T-shirt and a syllabus of the information presented throughout the day. They left asking when the next event would be scheduled. Eden Valley will keep you posted. [Beverly Christensen, Education Secretary]
Participants walk in Eden Valley's 5K run-walk Jumpstart to Fitness participants get a workout