Shelbyville Daily Union

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June 3, 2014

Tom Short 5K training begins June 10

Interested in improving your endurance and time for a 5K?

The Tom Short training is being offered to meet the needs of all walkers, joggers, and runners.

"The Tom Short 5K continues to grow each year. A lot of people set a goal to finish it," said Tom Short Training Team coach Jerry Yockey.

The eight-week program is designed for the beginner to the experienced runner to cross the finish line of the annual trail run. All sessions are held on the trail run course. The training begins June 10 and continues for each Tuesday evening until the race. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelbyville Aquatic Center parking lot and lasts for approximately one hour. Stretching exercises and a workout handout is included in the training.

"The first year there were 25 people in the 5K training. Last year there were more than 100 signed up. We feel like we're meeting a need," Yockey said. "As a group members are encouraging each other and that encouragement is important especially when trying to improve fitness."

Yockey said the goals range from power walking, running as much of the race as you can, finishing the race running, to improving time.

The training program is part of the Wellness for Life program sponsored by Shelby Memorial Hospital and certified trainer Craig Deverell.

"Deverell has the knowledge to enhance the experience for those who participate," Yockey said.

Cost of the training is $35, which includes a training tam high tech running shirt, registration fee for the 5K Trail Run and T-shirt, and all running information.

This is the 12th year of the Tom Short 5K Trail Run with about 350 people finishing the race last year.

"We expect about 400 participants this year," Yockey said.

For more information about the race and the training program, visit or or call Gary Crowder, 619-3827, Jerry Yockey, 774-1376, or Brett Short, 821-2701.

All proceeds will be used to construct and maintain the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville.

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