Former Milford Athlete Starts Local Running Club

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Left to right: David Vezmar, Gifford King, Josh Nash, CJ Reed, Chris Kenton. Top team Reindeer Stampede 2011, SLRC's first team race as a club

Milford resident Amy Mallamo has formed the Slower Lower Running Club (SLRC) to encourage residents of Sussex County to live an active and social lifestyle. The new running club is open to all ages and levels of runners who want to enjoy the multiple outdoor courses around Sussex County and camaraderie with others who enjoy running and walking.

Amy ran track and cross country for Milford High School and Cape Henlopen all four years of her high school career. She was awarded All-State honors her Sophomore and Junior year and attended West Virginia University where she ran track for 2 years. Amy is now an in-home personal trainer and still an avid runner.

Ms. Mallamo developed the club as she returned from college as a way to connect and help runners stay active.

“It is difficult to stay motivated by yourself,” commented Ms. Mallamo. “There are plenty of places to run together and the running club will give individuals motivation and create a group of people that can run together.”

SLRC plans to run all of the new and old High School courses in the surrounding area including Milford, Dover, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. They will run at least one race each month as a whole and encourage individuals within the group to run together consistently. Future plans for the club include a 10k on New Years Day, a half marathon in the Spring and a Warrior Run that includes an obstacle course. Ms. Mallamo stresses that their is a group for walkers and all levels of running.

“There are a lot of different people in the club,” stated Amy. “There are young and old runners and walkers of all levels. People should not feel intimidated when they join.”

The Slower Lower Running Club will have monthly drawings that benefit the planning and production of SLRC’s 5k Fun Run that will take place in Spring 2012. The Fun Run will help to set up the “Unsung Hero Award” which will be given to local High School seniors as a scholarship.

For more information on the Slower Lower Running Club contact the group at SlowerLowerRunners@gmail.com or visit www.RunSlowerLower.blogspot.com.