By COLlive reporter
A women’s running group started in Crown Heights a year ago has been helping local women make healthy lifestyle changes.
WRun, founded by Rivky Zalmanov, a Crown Heights resident, trains women in running for exercise.
Zalmanov, who has been running for years and has participated in the NYC Marathon, started the group to teach some friends about running, and it has grown from there.
She now trains 9 groups of 10-15 women who run three times a week, once as a group and twice individually.
The group is not only about running, Zalmanov says, “it is about a healthy lifestyle, which includes healthy eating and becoming more active.”
Many of the women had never done any exercise before joining her group, Zalmanov explains.
“Many of them have kids, and busy households to run, and they never had time for themselves before,” she says.
While one of the runners has shed 40 pounds since joining, the bi-weekly workouts are not just about losing weight, says Zalmanov.
“Running lifts the mood and eliminates stress, and many of the women have said this has changed their life – they are happier, more energetic, and feel that they are better wives and mothers as a result,” she says. “For so many, running is literally life-changing.”
This week, WRun held their first race, including a 5K and 10K race, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Their families stood by to cheer on their wives and mothers, and got a sense of the great accomplishment they are achieving, which Zalmanov said is important as well.
“Their mother goes out twice a week to do something important for herself, and I wanted the families to see how great it is and feel a part of it as well,” Zalmanov said.
WRun is open for all women, with beginners (no prior experience necessary) and advanced groups. For more information or to join, call Rivky Zalmanov at 516-754-4796