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Austin YMCA: Run for a cause

Running for a cause is an opportunity to be active and raise money for the Y. It doesn't get much better than that!

All money raised will be allocated to the Y's financial assistance programs, giving youths and families access to important Y programs. Everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

The race is April 27 at 9 a.m. The start and finish line is located by the east parking lot on Main Street. Entry fee is $20 before April 12 and $25 after. Race-day registration will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Y's Front Desk. Pre-registered participants can pick up packets in the lobby.

Awards will be announced following the race at the finish line. Awards will be given to the top male and female runners overall and to the top male and female finishers in the following age groups: 6-12 yrs, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. Results will be posted on Online Race Results at www.onlineraceresults.com and the Y's website. If you have questions, contact Kristi Stasi, fitness director at 433-1804.

Some running tips from Runners World :


Run with a friend or mentor

Running with a partner provides not only motivation but a healthy distraction that helps the miles fly by. If your partner is slower than you, focus on perfecting your stride. If they are faster, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone one or two days per week will help you get stronger.

Talk it through

It is surprising how many runners think that they aren't really running unless they are gasping for breath. Slow down. While you will be slightly winded, you should be able to carry on a normal conversation.

Make it a habit

Did you know it takes the average person three weeks of repetition for something to become a habit. Worry less about how far and how fast you are going and instead just get out and run. You want your body to get used to being active multiple days a week.

Mix it up

Mixing up the places and surfaces you run not only allows you to spread out the physical stress on your joints, but helps keep your routine fresh and exciting.


Reward yourself

What is your incentive to run? New exercise gear? Sleeping in one day on the weekend? Whatever it might be, schedule it so you have something to look forward to at the end of the week once you have completed all of your workouts.

For more tips and training information visit runnersworld.com .

Aqua Pack swimmers excel at meet

The Austin Y Aqua Pack swimmers completed another successful season with our Regional Meet March 9-10 at St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

The Aqua Pack Team had record numbers, with 85 swimmers for the regular season. Sixteen qualified for the elite Time Standard meet: Erin Brunkhorst in the 8 and under 25 back and 50 free; Ben Carroll in the 50 free, 200 IM, 100 fly and three relay events; Ian Christopherson in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free and two relays; Isaac Christopherson in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free and two relays; Rafe Dolan-Peterson in 50 free, 100 IM, 50 fly, 50 breast and two relays; Kaya Fiest in 50 free and 50 fly; Logan Kelly in 50 free, 100 IM, 50 back, 200 free, 50 fly, 100 free, 50 breast and two relays; Elora Hughes 50 free and 50 back; Lily Hughes 50 fly; Kyle Mayer in 25 back and two relays; Mitchell Mayer in 50 free, 200 IM, 100 fly and one relay; Sawyer Myers 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 free, 200 Im, 100 breast and three relays; Trey Myers 50, 100, 200 free, 100 IM 50, 100 breast and one relay; Kristina Thorson in 50, 200 and 500 free; Winston Walkup in 25, 50 free and two relays; and Olivia Walsh in 25, 50 free, 25 fly and 25 breast.

As a whole, the team finished 13th out of 35 teams, while the boys finished as a boys team 9th out of 35. Watch for summer swim camp, Splash and Dash opportunities to see what swim team might be like.

If you have any questions regarding aquatics, contact Cindy Bowe.

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