Kick-start 2012 in motion
If you are planning on making fitness and exercise part of your New Year’s resolutions, now is a good time to do the math and determine how many miles you’ll have to run or walk to burn off the calories from the holiday tamales (or turkey tortas).
Below we have compiled some fitness events for you to consider. Make it a date and sign up your better half as well, or make it a family affair. Either way, you’ll feel good after the workout and even better knowing you contributed to a worthy cause.
Net Calorie Burn/Mile
Running .63 x your weight (in lbs.)
Walking (3-4 mph) .30 x your weight (in lbs.)
The “Net Calorie Burn” measures calories burned minus basal metabolism. Scientists at Syracuse University consider this the best way to gauge actual calorie burn. The walking formulas apply to speeds of 3 to 4 mph. At 5 mph and faster, walking burns more calories than running. (Source: “Energy Expenditure of Walking and Running,” Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise, Cameron et al, Dec. 2004. )
Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors’ 8th Annual Run to Remember
When: January 7 @ 8:00 a.m.
Where: Verrado High School. 20050 W. Indian School Road in Buckeye, AZ
Why: All proceeds of the run/walk will go to the families of fallen officers that will be honored at National Police Week in May of 2012 and to the Arizona Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors for ongoing retreats and seminars.
Registration: 5K Fun Walk/ Run, $20; Law Enforcement 5K Walk/ Run, $15; Law Enforcement 10K Walk/Run, $15; and 10K Run, $20.
Arizona Disabled Sports’ 3rd Annual Run, Walk and Roll 5K/10K
When: January 7 @ 7:00 a.m.
Where: Tempe Town Lake Beach Park. 620 N. Mill Avenue in Tempe, AZ
Why: To raise funds for Arizona Disabled Sports to offer year-round sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Registration: 5K/10K Run, Walk or Roll, $25; 1-Mile Fitness Walk, $25; Half-mile Kids’ Fun Run, $10. Race as a team and receive a discount. Prices are good through January 1.
Team MS Rockstars @ PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon
When: January 15 @ 7:30 a.m.
Where: Half Marathon starts from Downtown Tempe on Mill Ave & 3rd St. Marathon starts from Downtown Phoenix at CityScape.
Why: Every hour, a person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. The National MS Society’s team, MS Rockstars, is participating in the event to raise funds for the organization and awareness about the disease.
Registration: $100.00. MS Rockstar team members are required to raise at least $1, 750 to “help end MS” and fund programs and services through the National MS Society. Participants receive “Ridiculously Epic Perks” the day of the event. Individuals who have already fundraised for an MS event in 2011 can be credited up to $750 toward their fundraising goal.
4th Annual Family Fitness Run/Walk
When: January 22 @ 8:00 a.m.
Where: Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School. 360 S. Twelve Oaks Boulevard, in Chandler, AZ
Why: To encourage families to be healthy while having fun. Funds raised through the event benefit Paloma Elementary and Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School. The run/walk is designated as a city of Chandler Centennial event.
Registration: 1. 3-Mile Run/Walk $ 15; 5K Run/ Walk, $25 for adults and $20 for K-12 students. Family rates and special discounts for both races are available. Prices are good through January 13.