The University Health & Wellness Department Kicks off Wellness Week with 100 Mile Run
As the temperature falls into the single digits, the weather becomes increasingly less appropriate for outdoor activity. One’s motivation to stay fit can also sometime reach as low as the fall temperatures. This fall, University Health & Wellness offers a solution for students to boost their health in Wellness Week.
Starting on October 22, 2016 and ending on Oct. 29, Wellness Week offers a jam-packed schedule with a health and fitness expo, an H2O fitness class, a zumba fitness party and a plethora of other activities to satiate your fall fitness cravings. This Wellness Week is a part of University Health & Wellness’s mission: “Fully Alive,” which denotes living life to the fullest by making positive lifestyle changes and a commitment to positive transformation to improve health and well-being. To commence Wellness Week, University Health & Wellness hosted a run the distance of 100 miles, from Andrews University’s campus to Chicago, Illinois.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. at Andrews University on October 23, 2016, Dr. Oliver Glanz, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, and Oleg Kostyuk (Master of Divinity) began their 100 mile run, which ended around 5:30 p.m.. There were five checkpoints total along the 100-mile stretch, with roughly 17 miles between each one. At these checkpoints, Glanz and Kostyuk were able to grab food, water, massages and be greeted by friends and loved ones who were there to support and cheer them on.
Janine Carlos, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Church History, followed Glanz and Kostyuk and met them with food at all of the five checkpoints.
Carlos commented on the run, admitting, “You can’t help but be inspired by what they did. Several people who ended up running a leg or two with them ended up running distances much longer than they had ever ran before.”
The run began in the Student Center and from the very beginning, “the energy was great. There were more than 40 people who showed up to cheer Oleg and Oliver on,” Rafael Gonzales (senior, nutrition and dietetics) said.
Gonzales, the student public relations liaison for University Health & Wellness, continued affirming the success of the run by remarking how University Health & Wellness, “brought out all our support teams and first aid teams to be on the go with them, following them from behind all the way, assuring their safety throughout the run.”
The collaborated efforts paid off according to Glanz, who remarked that, “All of the teamwork and support is what fueled Oleg and I through the race.” Glanz also stated that the race proved to be of little difficulty in the beginning for he and Kostyuk because, “We have ran so many marathons in the last couple of months...it has become normal to run long distances.”
Glanz also added that, “For the first 50 miles there was a great support of runners who actually ran with us for some of the distances. So we had always somebody to talk to, somebody whose mind was not yet tired, somebody who could still make some jokes and make us laugh, somebody who had an interesting life story to tell.” In contrast, Glanz noted that “the last 10 miles were probably the most difficult. The problem is exhaustion. But when the aim is close, exhaustion becomes secondary.”
According to Glanz, this aim was not only completing the run but spreading a greater message about promoting personal health in all facets of one’s life.
Glanz explained, “True happiness comes only through embracing creation, exploring the gift of life, and educating yourself.”
This aim is reflected throughout the entire Wellness Week and intertwined in each event, even the Health Expo.
Dr. Sherine Brown-Fraser, Department Chair and Associate Professor for the Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness commented that one thing she hopes students would glean from Wellness Week is to incorporate a balanced life.
Brown-Fraser said, “It sounds really simplistic in many respects, but in our fast-paced life, as the weather begins to cool, we really want students to think about eating well, resting more and moving more. (We want them) to keep an overall balanced approach to living in the context of a fast-paced society.”