There’s a lot of running going on in West Virginia and the surrounding region these days. Running for health, fitness and fun has led to the rise of running groups, clubs and sponsored races in towns, cities and woodlands across the state.
Statistics declare Appalachia ground zero for an obesity epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 35 percent of West Virginians are obese.
Running can be the first step — followed by a lot more footfalls — on the road to fitness and health, and it is a fun communal activity.
So, where did all the runners come from, and how are they finding places and races to run?
Try This West Virginia, an organization dedicated to fostering fitness and health programs around the state, has set up a website, called the West Virginia Running Resource Network (wvrunresourcenet.com) as a place to find all the running programs. It has links to running groups, races, mentors and trails…