Letter: Running wild with Hank

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Editor of the Reformer,

I enjoyed reading Shane Covey's article, "Lange's pack runs wild every Tuesday" (Sept. 3) about the community run workouts Hank has been offering at the BUHS Track for the last 35 years. As someone who has enjoyed rising early with Hank and the rest of the group for the 6 a.m. workout, it was exciting to see his dedication and coaching recognized in the Reformer.

I love that this group is open to athletes of all abilities, and that the workouts foster a sense of community. This running group has continued to grow over the years, with our passion for staying healthy and challenging ourselves being the binding ties that drive our workouts.

I also love that it doesn't matter what type of runner you may be, or if you even consider yourself a runner. Hank encourages everyone to find their own pace — one that challenges them to push their own edge each week, on and off the track. As he mentioned, for most of the entertaining and engaging interval formats that he offers up, no one is ever more than 200 meters ahead or behind one another as the group runs around the track.

I am most grateful for the wonderful friendships I've formed at the track over the last 25 years. Other highlights include challenging myself, taking part in other fitness opportunities that Hank creates whether it be group bike rides, swimming in the West River, or cross country skiing outings. And, I love our post-workout coffee cool downs.

The new cycle of workouts beginning this month is designed to peak in 6 to 8 weeks with the fall foliage. You can join anytime. Whether you're looking for an intense workout or simply some camaraderie and motivation as you challenge yourself to rise early and jump-start your day, please consider joining our group of Red Clover Rovers on Tuesday mornings. Like most of the activities offered by the Red Clover Rover running club, we run for the benefit of a healthy community, and it's free! I would love to see you there!

Nancy Heydinger

Vernon, Sept. 9

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