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Crimson Couch to 5K reaches midpoint mark

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Crimson Couch to 5K, or CC25K, works to develop healthy lifestyles, foster new friendships and promote wellness for faculty members. Teams have been organized, and biweekly training routines and schedules have been followed as team members prepare for the run 
in November.

CC25K has teamed up with the Homecoming Roll Tide Run to host the 5K event on November 16, at a time to be announced. Wednesday marks the halfway point in the teams’ training.

“I signed up for the Crimson Couch to 5K program, with great influence from Dr. Elizabeth Hibberd, in hopes of completing my first event of this sort,” said Derrick Flowers, office associate for the College of Human Environmental Science and CC25K participant.

Team members said they have been training to participate in this run since early September and are proud of how far they’ve come. Preparation for this UA 5K has been a long but empowering journey.

“I meet with our exceptional trainers [Mr. Tom and Mr. Tony] on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:00 a.m. in order to prepare for this occasion,” Flowers said. “It has been tough, but the professional monitoring, advice and motivation provided by our trainers keeps us progressing. Their sincere encouragement is my favorite aspect of the program. With great expectations, I look forward to the big day!”

Some feel that a program similar to CC25K should be available to the student body.

“It’s so hard to keep up a healthy lifestyle as a college kid,” said Ellie Rubalow, a freshman majoring in restaurant, hotel and meetings management. “It would be amazing to have a program to get me into a regular exercise routine like Couch to 5K does for these faculty members. Plus, running a 5K is on my bucketlist.”

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Crimson Couch to 5K reaches midpoint mark