By Katie Rivera
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
In July, the Incarnate Word Rock N’ Red Birds began training for the Nov. 13 San Antonio Rock N’ Roll Marathon.
The Rock’ N Red Birds is a training group made up of a diverse group of almost 100 alumni, faculty, staff and students. The group meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to get ready for the race they are running. This is the third year they will be running as a group.
The director of alumni relations, Lisa Schultz, founded the UIW Rock’ N Red Birds in 2009 to encourage the UIW community to take the Get Fit Challenge the San Antonio Competitor group had just started in San Antonio.
The group has goals meant to bring together UIW alumni, faculty, staff and students through wellness, social and spiritual camaraderie.
Scott LeBlanc, a trainer for the group, said, “To me, and many others, the reward of participating in the team and training is not completing the Rock’ N Roll Marathon or half marathon, it is the journey we encounter along the way.”
Another one of the goals the group has is to compete for a top spot in the San Antonio Get Fit Challenge. Last year, the group came in second and the first year they participated they had first place.
The group training is an 18-week process that takes place on the UIW campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Saturdays, the group does a long run along Broadway. The group is made up of runners, but there are many walkers involved as well.
“I believe one of the most exciting aspects of the team and its growth is that we have members of all ages and abilities on the team,” said LeBlanc. “We have walkers, joggers and runners. It is this diversity that makes our team very unique and inspiring.”
Steve Hemphill, a participant and coordinator of the group, said, “I have personally gained camaraderie with the team as well as a commitment to continually improve myself.”
Those interested in joining the Rock N’ Red Birds still can by showing up at the weekly practices at the soccer practice fields, which start at 5:45 p.m.
People also can register with the team online at the Rock’ N Roll website.