FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It's more than a race, it's an opportunity to change your lifestyle. That's what INC Challenge team members are saying about the 2010 Fort4Fitness.
"It's an awesome experience to start running a minute and now after 16 weeks we can all run thirty minutes," said 2010 INC Challenge Participant Robin Huffman.
"I never would have thought that I could run 13 miles. But after that training period being able to do that showed me that you could really push your body to do things and it will respond," said 2008 INC Challenge Participant Kevin Roe.
It's a record... 7,500 runners and walkers are participating in the 2010 Fort4Fitness.
It's Fort Wayne's 3rd annual health festival and something people of all ages and levels of health can rally around.
"I'm a walker and I kind of speed walk. They've taught me how to open my stride and so I plan to finish this in three hours or less," said 2010 Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner Contestant Kathleen Starkey.
One of the short term goals for most runners and walkers is to finish the race.
However, a long term goal is to take the Fort4Fitness training, incorporate it into a daily fitness routine and become committed to health.
"I'm 63 pounds lighter since Palm Sunday. It's just incredible, you know I feel like a new woman and I'm not even there yet," said Starkey.
"I knew I needed a change in my life due to health issues that I was having at such a young age. Those issues are something that I shouldn't be having," said 2010 INC Challenge Participant Cynthia Reyna.
Reyna said the INC Challenge has improved her health and her relationship with her four-year-old son.
"I can actually run after him now and not have to stop to catch my breath. I feel really good about that," said Reyna.
"Invigorating. There's lots of energy now. You wake up in the morning and you walk out and it's a little bit cool now and you think this is a good day for a run and you just take off running. It's been an awesome experience," said Huffman.
Saturday's races begin at 7:30 a.m.
Race organizers want the community to come out and cheer on the runners and walkers.
However, do not park on course roads and avoid driving in Downtown or Southwest Fort Wayne until Saturday at noon.
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