With registration for Community VNA’s 17th annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember now open, we thought we would help you prepare.

We welcome walkers of all abilities to participate in our event, which takes place Sunday, August 4, 2019 in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

For those interested in running, and for whom our road race will be their first-ever 5K (that’s 3.1 miles), we are pleased to kick-off our Couch to 5K training program. 

This nine-week program will help guide you from being a non-runner to completing your first 5K race. 

There will be three runs each week.  Are you ready to go?  Then let’s jump right in! 

All you really need to start with is a good pair of running shoes. We recommend visiting your local athletic specialty shoe store if you need assistance in choosing the right shoes. This way, the staff can help you select a pair of running shoes that will suit your individual needs.

Now, you’re ready to head out the door! 

Here is your  Week 1 schedule:

• Number of runs:  3 (if you can try not to run on consecutive days; this will give your body time to rest)
• Begin each run with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 1 minute of running with 1 ½ minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. 

That’s all there is to it! 

Good luck!

Dr. Mark Young is a family medicine physician and member of the medical staff of Sturdy Memorial Associates of Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Sturdy Memorial Associates, Plainville, Massachusetts.

Dr. Young received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, completed his family medicine training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and is board certified in family medicine.

An avid runner and member of the local Wampanoag Running Club, Dr. Young has, for the past 16 years, taken a leadership role in organizing Community VNA’s annual 5K Run/Walk to Remember (previously the Runaways Runaround Road Race). Under his co-direction, the annual event has raised more than $50,000 for Community VNA Hospice.Dr. Young resides in North Attleboro with his wifeand two children.