Holland College’s 100 Kilometre Club aims to make fitness fun for all

Stephanie Barry Benedik created the club to be accessible to everyone who wants to improve their fitness level. Maddie Keenlyside photo.
Stephanie Barry Benedik created the club to be accessible to everyone who wants to improve their fitness level. Maddie Keenlyside photo.
By Maddie Keenlyside
Feb. 19, 2014

Stephanie Barry Benedik is a first-year sports leisure management student and the founder of Holland College’s 100 Kilometre Club.
If you’re all warmed up and want to take part in college athletics, the club is welcoming walkers and advanced runners alike to put on their running shoes and join in.
The club’s membership fee is $20, covering the cost of the T-shirt participants will receive if they meet the 100 km goal by April 30. This goal can be met by walking or running, she said.
“Running on snow makes people a little hesitant, but the $20 also includes use of the track here at the college.”
Sometimes finding time for fitness and health can be a problem, but students and staff can easily access the running track during their lunch hour, she said.
“The Kilometre Club gives people an opportunity to set a goal, so that they’re actively getting out there and working on their fitness.”
Dan Cudmore is the athletics development and communications coordinator for Holland College. The club was Benedik’s idea, but his department will support her club in any way it can to make it work, he said.
“It’s for all around health and physical fitness for anyone. She deserves a lot of credit for getting this going. We have the facility here, so it should be used.”
Getting into a routine can be a difficult thing, but having a support group of like-minded people in pursuit of the same goal can motivate participants, he said.
“It’s pretty easy to say, I’m not going to do it today, or I’ll skip today. And afterwards you feel bad because you know you should have gone. Having that group around you is great because, cause they can motivate you to keep going.”
He overheard statistics on the radio the other day about not enough people eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables or exercising, Cudmore said.
“Any way we can get people out to exercise and look after themselves, that’s for the better. It’s a great idea, and hopefully it’ll continue to grow.”
An avid runner, Benedik said the club welcomes people of all fitness levels and has the advantage of being easily accessible to most.
“You don’t have to have a membership to a pool, it’s easy. You could just step outside your front door and go for a run.”
Friends and family of students and staff are encouraged to join as well.

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