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Olympian to Speak at WIU-QC, WIU-Macomb

April 24, 2013


MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – More than one million runners and walkers have read Olympian Jeff Galloway's books, attended his retreats and running schools and joined his training programs. Galloway will bring his message about running and a healthy lifestyle to Western Illinois University's Quad Cities and Macomb campuses April 30 and May 1, respectively.

Presented by WIU's Employee Wellness program, Galloway, a U.S. 10,000-meter 1972 Olympian, will speak from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 in Rooms 102A-C at the WIU-QC 60th Street campus in Moline, and 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre. Both events are open free to the public.

The founder of the Run-Walk-Run Method ® and a columnist for Runner's World, Galloway has created plans that have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. The Galloway Run-Walk-Run Method, designed in 1973, helps beginners start running. Strategic walk breaks allow each runner to control fatigue, virtually eliminating significant running injuries. Numerous surveys show that veterans tend to improve their finish times when they shift to run-walk-run.

"We are so excited to have Jeff come to our campuses to discuss his methods and to motivate our employees, students and friends," said Dana Biernbaum, assistant vice president for administrative services and Leathernecks in Training (LIT) co-coordinator.

Galloway's presentation is part of the Employee Wellness program, LIT. During the last three semesters, more than 225 employees, students and community members have participated in this free training program. During the Fall 2012 semester, 39 of the 67 participants completed the inaugural Fallen Soldiers 5K Run/Walk as part of the LIT program, and in Spring 2012, 36 of the 111 LIT members participated in the Bridge the Gap races in Quincy.

The Spring 2013 LIT provides training plans for a 5k and 10k walk/run, a half-marathon (13.1 miles) run and a 25k (15.5 miles) run. Fifty individuals are taking part in the spring program. In addition to the training plans, there are motivational and educational speakers, group training opportunities, weekend training walks/runs, access to area race information, prizes, shirts, medals and more.

On Saturday, May 18, Team Leatherneck will travel to Quincy to participate in the Bridge the Gap to Health 5k, 10k, or half-marathon walk or run, and on Sunday, May 19, Team Leatherneck members can also participate in Peoria's "Run River City."

For more information on Galloway's visit, Employee Wellness or LIT, contact Judy Yeast at (309) 298-1670, or visit wiu.edu/wellness.

Posted By: WIU News, University Relations
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