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Doc Talk: Borgess Run for the Health of It

Doc Talk: Borgess Run for the Health of It. (File - WWMT)

Walkers and runners from all over are in the final push leading up to the Borgess Run for the Health of it event.

For months, hundreds of runners have been training in preparation for the May 6 event. Race director, Blaine Lam said at this point, those who participated in Borgess Run Camp are about ready to taper.

“They are finishing up their longest runs and then they rest up,” Lam said.

The Borgess Run gives people of all abilities the opportunity to participate in a 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon.

Even if you haven’t been training, Lam said getting involved is still an option.

He said, “You’ve got people of every age who ask themselves, ‘should I be out there?’ And the answer is, there’s never a bad time to start a fitness program.”

If you’re not sure what you can handle, experts suggest listening to your body and talking to your doctor.

“At first, ask yourself questions, ‘at what point am I so fatigued that I’m uncomfortable?’ After that, I think it’s time to get some type of professional assessment,” said Lam. “You’ll never made a bad investment in your health. So, go ahead and find out where you are and then we can find out what your capabilities are.”

If you wait until the last minute to test your race readiness, Borgess CorpFit is offering a cardiac field test and healthy heart screening to both runners and spectators.

“It gives you a baseline,” Angie Brown, director at Borgess CorpFit, said. “If you are going to become more active or if you’re just going to continue where you’re at, it’s just always good to know what your numbers are and how healthy you are.”

If you are interested, the mobile testing unit will be up at running during the Run Expo at Wings Event Center on May 5.

Registration for the Borgess Run closes on May 5.

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