Registration is underway for the fall Duke Run/Walk Club, which will continue as a virtual offering through Nov. 2.
The club organized by LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke’s employee wellness program, will begin on Aug. 15, allowing staff and faculty of all fitness levels to run, walk or both and log activities for progress and personal accountability. Participants can also submit up to two sessions each week to earn LIVE FOR LIFE dollars – Monopoly like money – in exchange for fitness items in the LIVE FOR LIFE store.
“It’s a real way to evaluate your current health activities,” said Tim Bisantz, Fitness Program Manager for LIVE FOR LIFE. “You can utilize being active as a springboard for yourself to build a framework for you to improve your running and walking.”
Kathy Peterson, an administrative coordinator for the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke, has participated in the Duke Run/Walk Club every year since 2005. She has kept up with her walking routine since the pandemic began by calling colleague Sara Neer when she walks each afternoon.
On a hybrid schedule, Peterson will continue a daily 30-minute exercise routine by either walking around campus or her Durham neighborhood and logging her activity.
“I want to be able to do what I like to do, whether it’s yard work or DIY projects,” Peterson said. “It’s important to be strong and have some stamina, and it’s also good for your mental health. You wouldn’t think half an hour a day, five days per week would make such a big difference.”