Find fitness with Roadrunners

first_imgDuring the spring and summer, the club meets at Suzanne Park, 625 Suzanne Road in Walnut. The club, which competes in cross country and track events, has experienced its share of success. Whether you’re training for a 5K or just want to get some exercise, the Southern California Roadrunners of Walnut might just be the club for you. Athletes ages 7 and up of all abilities are invited to join the Roadrunners, who meet at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the Albertson’s parking lot located at the corner of Amar Road and Nogales Street in Walnut. According to Castro, the Roadrunners have around 130 members from Walnut, San Dimas, Glendora, Baldwin Park and Whittier. Linda Rodriguez, 14, is a Roadrunners member along with her 9-year-old sister, Sofia, and her parents, Miguel and Sofia. “I like to run and I wanted to improve my time,” Rodriguez said. “I also have fun running with the club because I get to meet new people. The people are nice, the coaches are nice and everybody cheers you on.” Sofia added: “I wanted to join because my parents are in the club. The activities are fun and (the other runners) encourage you.” Mario Vela Godinez, 26, has trained with the Roadrunners for almost a year. “I used to see them at Mt. SAC and other events,” Godinez said. “Last year at one of the events, I asked one of the guys where the club met and when he said Walnut, I figured to meet them after work since I worked in Walnut. “It’s a great club. I have improved my time and the other guys encourage you to get better.” The club was founded in 1961 as the Rialto Roadrunners in 1961 by David Japs. They became the Southern California Roadrunners in 1979 and have since won more than 50 national championships in cross country and 20 in track and field. According to Castro, the Roadrunners’ Walnut chapter started in the mid-1980s. Castro said the Roadrunners are looking for runners for the track season, which starts this month. For information, call (626) 622-8569 or visit [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2127 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img At the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships Dec. 9 at Spokane, Wash., the Roadrunners won the girls youth division 4K with a total time of 1 hour, 18 minutes, 43.34 seconds. The Roadrunner boys also excelled in the 4K, turning in a second-place finish of 110 points. Daniel Rosales led the Roadrunners, finishing first overall with a time of 13:01.62. Guiding the Roadrunners is club president Danny Castro, a 13-year member who serves on a volunteer basis. “When it comes to training, I analyze each runner and ask them what their goals are, and how they could meet them,” Castro said. “We train them to run to the best of their abilities but we try not to overwork them. “Our mission is to promote good health through running, physically and mentally.” last_img

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