Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Think your route is tough? Try running in a combat zone, like these soldiers will do during the Bittersweet 5K "Shadow Run"

Lt. Jacob Kruer runs a 5K at Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan. The route is practically an obstacle course, as you'll discover in the article below.. Soldiers at Camp Phoenix will participate in Mt. Vernon's Bittersweet 5K during a "shadow run" — where they run the same race at the same distance and at approximately the same time.

When you run the Bittersweet 5K in downtown Mount Vernon Oct. 5, you'll be joined by a group you won't actually see. 

The best way to think of them is to imagine they're running behind you. Not because they're necessarily slower — but because they've got your back. 

Soldiers at Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan will participate in the Bittersweet 5K during what’s called a “shadow run.” Lt. Jacob Kruer contacted us a few months ago to ask if we’d be interested in his unit doing such a run in conjunction with our race. It works like this: they simply run the same race at the same distance at approximately the same time we do. They’ll even get Bittersweet T-shirts, thanks to our friends at Surge Promotions, who provided the shirts at a significant discount. The idea is to give the soldiers a little connection to home and the framework of an actual race. We will exchange photos with them so we can both see how each others’ races went. Be sure to stay tuned to Rockcastle Regional’s Facebook page.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Kentucky, Rockcastle are on the move

We're more active in 2011 than in 2001

Finally, there is good news in the commonwealth, and it has nothing to do with next year’s recruiting class. Something noteworthy has been happening for 10 years, and we learned in July what it was.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released a study measuring the change in physical activity of Americans, and Kentuckians are among tops in the nation for increasing the amount of exercise they get. You read that right, and it bears repeating: Of all the states in the country, Kentucky was among the best, if not the best, when it came to increasing physical activity from 2001 through 2011.