Feel like a sprint? Dash on down to Youngstown Road Runners

By Natalie Lariccia

It doesn’t matter if you can’t comfortably run a mile or have run several marathons, there’s a local running resource that provides training, tips, support and social opportunities for those who enjoy or would like to learn more about this life-enhancing sport.

Formed in 1975, the Youngstown Road Runnner’s Club, is an organization that features weekly club runs, race and training information, said Dan Shields, YRRC vice president of public relations.

An affiliate of the Road Runners Club of America — the national association of running clubs, running events and runners dedicated to promoting long distance running as a competitive sport and as healthful exercise — the YRRC is one of 36 RRCA clubs in Ohio. Shields, who serves as a the webmaster of YRRC’s Web site, is a RRCA-certified running coach and is also the Ohio state RRCA representative.

A 65-year-old Canfield resident, Shields said he thinks there’s a common misconception about the club — that you have to be a very fast or very skilled runner to be a member. Some people may also believe the misconception that YRCC’s members are older in age, he said.

“Yes, some of us are old, but we’re still out there running — we’re staying healthy. It’s [running] is just not an athletic endeavor — it’s a lifestyle. We’re [the YRRC] trying to stay young and trying to stay aware of what life has to offer,” Shields said.

Rick Hart, YRRC president agrees. He encourages anyone interested in running — even someone who has never really run — to come out and give the club a try.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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