The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Department and Clinton Community College Center for Community and Workforce Development have partnered to offer three non-credit fitness classes that will take place during winter session and spring semester of 2013.
The three courses are Couch to 5k, Half Marathon Training, and Introduction to Cycling. Each class will take place once per week at its scheduled time and location, and will capitalize on the regional strengths of the area by using the roads and recreational paths that are well-known for both running and cycling. In addition, all three classes will include a complementary City Recreation Center membership for the duration of the course.
Half Marathon Training will be offered by Olympic Trainer, Dr. Jon Mulholland, starting on January 21. The course will meet on Monday nights at 5:30p.m. and will run for the 12 weeks leading up to the Plattsburgh Half Marathon on April 21. As a licensed, seasoned, and accomplished professional Chiropractor, Exercise Scientist, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist with more than 14 years of experience with athletes of all ages, students will benefit greatly from his training program. He has worked with, trained, and rehabilitated multiple Olympic medal winners and professional athletes. Most recently, he was the Sports Medicine Consultant for the New Zealand Olympic Cycling Teams and Team Doctor for the 2012 London Olympic Games. He plans to help students to run smarter, keep them injury-free, and improve their performance in time for this year’s Plattsburgh Half Marathon. All levels of runners are welcome to register for this class.
Couch to 5k will be offered by Mary Duprey, a certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist in the North Country. The course will meet on Monday nights at 5:30p.m., starting March 18, and will run for 8 weeks. Mary is the head trainer for the City Recreation Department’s North Country Biggest Loser program, oversees the Employee Fitness Center at Pfizer, and holds several certifications and degrees in the field of sports medicine and fitness. The Couch to 5K Program is designed for beginning runners and will provide participants with a training plan, a group setting for support, and dedicated training partners to help everyone stay motivated and work toward the final goal of running a 5K race. The culminating event for this class will be the Treehouse 5K race on May 11, which is a charity race with proceeds going toward the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse, slated to be built along the Saranac River Trail. The course will balance informational class sessions with group workouts and will cover common injury prevention and management, proper shoe/clothing selection, nutrition, heart rate monitoring, goal setting and more.
Introduction to Cycling will be offered by avid recreational cyclist, Phil VonBargen, starting on May 18. The course will meet weekly, on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30a.m. and will run for 6 weeks. For those interested in the fundamentals of safe cycling and/or those who are new or returning to the sport of road cycling, this course provides instruction and recreational rides starting on recreation paths, then into bike lanes, and eventually onto safe roadways. Distances will gradually increase each week from 2 to 15 miles. Participants will build confidence and skill so they can ride safely in the road and with traffic.
“By partnering together for these classes, we are able to offer new and interesting courses to students without duplicating services in our community or expending extra resources,” said Ashley Cousens, Coordinator for Community and Workforce Development for Clinton Community College. “We’re excited to forge this new partnership with the City Recreation Department through these course offerings and we hope to continue expanding this partnership in the future.”