Doc Talk: Borgess Run Camp

Doc Talk: Borgess Run Camp. (File - WWMT)

Runners are often seen pounding the pavement in Kalamazoo even on cold winter days and even more will soon be seen with the start of Borgess Run Camp.

Runners are in for many miles, a lot of sweat and a lot of sore muscles, but those involved say it is all worth it.

Newschannel 3's Erica Mokay talks Borgess Run Camp in this edition of Doc Talk.

Borgess Run Camp Team Leader and participant Mark Siddall said, “I’ve never been time driven. For me it's more about completing the race.”

Siddall isn't just completing the race, he's crushing his health goals.

From 305 pounds in 2015 to a 2018 Borgess Run Camp Team Leader, Siddall will be among the many lacing up their sneakers for another season.

Borgess Health and Fitness Center Director Janeen Docsa said, “The first day of camp, yeah, lots of energy. Lots and lots of energy.”

Energy the runners will most definitely need to carry them through 13 weeks and many, many miles.

Borgess Run Camp Operations Manager Cheryl Pickett said, “We go out into the community and we run in a different location and a different map each week and it's just another way that run campers can help inspire others to move.”

When those inspirational jaunts are hard on the joints, Borgess Run Camp gives participants that professional medical support they need.

Sports Medicine Dr. Mary Vajgrt said, “You’re running. There are going to be aches and pains. What's good, what's bad. That's kind of what we're there to kind of sort out, so to speak.”

Those involved say the "Run Camp Recipe" combines commitment and camaraderie, yielding excitement and success. No matter the weather and no matter who's watching.

Pickett said, “So they might be driving their kids to soccer on Saturday and thinking, ‘Oh my gosh these people are crazy!’ They're running on the roads in the winter. They are crazy, but they're crazy about the journey that they're on to get healthy.”

Siddall said, “For me, it's just about getting out and running.”

Siddall’s journey is inspiring. To date, he's down 108 pounds and now training for an Olympic triathlon. His advice is simple: Get up. Sign up and get going.

He said, “The goal is just to get everyone to keep moving and to complete their goal whether it's a 5k, 10k, or above.”

Anyone ready to get moving has until January 31 to sign up online at .

Sign up is also available on the first day of run camp, which is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, February 3 at the Borgess Fitness Center.

The big race, the Borgess Run for the Health of It event, is set for Sunday, May 6.

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