Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


June 10, 2014

YMCA 'challenges' participants to better health

GREENSBURG — While it might not quite be The Greatest Spectacle in Fitness, for the participants of the 2014 Decatur County YMCA Indy 500 Mile Challenge, the event IS an invaluable aid in achieving personal fitness goals.

On Saturday, the 2014 Indy 500 Mile Challenge winners gathered at the Y to be formally recognized for their accomplishments.

YMCA Fitness Coordinator Deena Hamer, who oversaw the Challenge, gathered with the winners to congratulate them and award prizes.

500 Mile Challenge ‘Challengers’ accrued ‘miles’ via any workout activity at the YMCA during the month-long contest, Hamer explained, providing them with a considerable array of cardio and weight-training equipment, free weights and classes from which to choose. The Y’s Olympic-sized pool was also available as a way of accumulating miles.

The Y provided the 36 participants with accrual sheets to keep track of Y activities and corresponding miles, but participants themselves kept those sheets up-to-date and also posted them in a log at the YMCA.

Susan Bunting, associate pastor at Greensburg Methodist Church, finished in first place this year with 359.5 miles, while stay-at-home mom Tricia Burkhart finished second with 186 miles and community activist Mary Stradley came in third with 121 miles (subsequently, YMCA Instructor Shelly Hellmich won the employee 500 Mile Challenge with 145 miles.)

Bunting said she accrued her miles this year on the Y’s biking and stair machines, and through weight training, rowing, and running around the Y’s outdoor track.

The best part of the Challenge, she said, was “seeing what I accomplished every week. I set a goal for myself of achieving at least 300 miles, and sometimes I came in [to the Y] two times a day to get there.”

For Burkhart, the most rewarding part of the Challenge was “just feeling better and healthier.” She accrued her miles on the Y’s wave machine and through strength training and walking on the Y’s indoor track.

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