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Get ready to achieve your fitness goals with the "Sofa to Screenland 5K" training program – where everyone is welcome, and success is the ultimate destination!
Lace up, show up, and let the journey into motion picture magic begin.
Olympic Gold Medalist LaShinda Demus and a team of accomplished local athletes and coaches will lead a free "Sofa to Screenland 5K" training session, Sun., Dec. 3, 3 pm, at Culver City High School track presented by Midwest Roofing. The complimentary one-hour workout, ideal for first time or "it's been awhile" walkers and runners, will prepare you for every step of your 3.1-mile adventure into movie magic on Oscar Sunday, Mar. 10. No registration required. Additional free sessions will be held Sundays, 3 pm, on Dec. 17, Jan. 7, 14, 28, and Feb. 11, 25. Remember, no matter how slow you run, you crush everyone on the couch!
Two-time Olympian Lashinda Demus and her Culver City High School State Finalist track and field team will help prepare you for the race of the century, held March 10, on her birthday. Enjoy birthday cake on the red carpet!
Demus won Olympic gold in London (2012), the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic 400m hurdles title. The two-time Olympian is a world and NCAA champion and was twice named national "Female High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News. She lives in Culver City.
The most decorated American woman in Olympic track and field history, Allyson Felix, high steps with Turning Point students during a training session for the inaugural Screenland 5K. Felix earned 11 Olympic medals--7 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze--the most won by any American track and field athlete in the Games.
The League champion Culver City High School Cross Country boys and girls teams coached by Tom Fritzius and Steven Heyl, world class masters marathoners David Winslow, Hamid Rostamian and Pete Tuccillo, and triathlete and personal trainer Craig Schoenbaum also will lead training sessions at the Centaur track and other local venues.
Youngsters perform stretching and balancing exercises with former Culver City High School cross country teammates (top, from left) Mason Acevedo, Faheem Chunara, and Mathew Wong while adults run, jog and walk around the Centaur track during free training session for the Screenland 5k sponsored by Midwest Roofing.
Former Screenland 5K trainer, triathlete Kirsten Bell, says, “Create a vision of where you see yourself by the end of your training. Place photos or drawings on a board of how you would like to look at the end of the race. Add inspiring words to help you stick to goals." David Winslow, Senshu Marathon Chairperson of the Culver City Sister City Committee, said, "Dress appropriately for the race and your training runs. Stay cool or warm, depending on conditions, and wear reflective clothing or lights during evenings or overcast mornings. "Olympic Games medalist and New York Marathon champion Rod Dixon, a former Screenland 5K trainer, said, “Involve your children in running to share the joy of exercise, nutrition and positive life-experiences.”
Bike with Councilman Freddy Puza during his monthly bike rides. Run with the Leggers, led by Culver City Downtown Association leader John Flynn. Jog Thursdays with the Culver City Running Club led by Ed Dorio and Peg Rainey. Swim at the Culver City Municipal Plunge or LA Fitness.
Train for your journey into movie magic with friends! Have them sign up on your team or you can join one of theirs when you register. Your team can fund-raise, build awareness for a cause, promote healthy lifestyles, dress alike in theme and party like stars! Prizes in several categories will be awarded.
Your training will pay off on Oscar Sunday! Stretch and move on race morning with certified gold Zumba® Instructor Julie Schatz and SilverSneakers® leader Kristy Williams of LA Fitness. Dion "Blast" Jackson, Certified Fitness Trainer and director of the Charity Fit Tour, will for the sixth consecutive year lead the final warmup to get you off and running.
Are you ready to lace up your running shoes and hit the track?
Join Olympic Gold Medalist LaShinda Demus and a team of accomplished local coaches and athletes for a free "Sofa to Screenland 5K" training program. The community-focused activity aims to support beginning and seasoned runners as they prepare for the Screenland 5K.
No registration is required for the complimentary one-hour workout, Sun., Dec. 3, 3:00 pm, at Culver City High School track (off Harter Ave). Additional free sessions are scheduled for Dec. 17, Jan. 7, 14, 28, and Feb. 11, 25.
"Wear comfortable training clothes, good running shoes, and stay hydrated," said Demus, a two-time Olympian and world champion hurdler.
"The program will work backward from race day on March 10. Everyone will have achievable goals to hit for each timeline or workout," said Demus, who co-coaches the Culver City High School track team.
Sessions will cover stretching, warm-ups, goal setting, light running, jogging, and warm downs, said session coach David Winslow, a legacy Screenland 5K runner who has completed 38 marathons, and recently won his age group in the Santa Rosa and Fresno marathons.
Personal trainer Craig Schoenbaum plans to divide Culver High track lanes into individual ability levels to assist both walkers and runners in enhancing their strength, flexibility, and endurance.
"For every workout we do, I'll explain the benefits, and discuss why we have rest breaks. This helps walkers and runners buy-in through the whole training process. We'll do similar workouts at progressively higher levels." said Demus.
"Progression will be gradual for some, which is perfectly acceptable," said Schoenbaum.
The coaches stress the importance of continued workouts between sessions and even after the race.