Silver City Run Club gearing up to start next month in Meriden

Silver City Run Club gearing up to start next month in Meriden

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MERIDEN — With the Silver City Run Club gearing up to start at the Meriden YMCA next month, here are five things to know about the new fitness program run by Derek Destefano, the Maloney High School cross country and track coach, and Carrie Marquardt. Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA health and wellness director.

Health benefits

According to Destefano, running benefits both the mind and body.

He said it is an overall body exercise. Besides constantly using leg muscles, running also involves the upper body.

Many runners also participate in other sports and benefit from the activities and workouts used in track and field and cross country.

The club

Destefano said the Silver City Run Club aims to get more people involved in the sport of running. The program will focus on running but will also involve activities that improve general wellness overall.

For the past six years, the YMCA has had a program for runners 6 to 11, Marquardt said. The new club will give those in the youth program a chance to train with adult runners.

She said it is an individualized program in a group setting.

New runners will also be able to join the club. Athletes will have the opportunity to run longer distances and use different training techniques.

Warming up

Destefano said he likes to start the runners off with a 5- to 10-minute slow jog followed by high knee reps, butt kicks, the karaoke drill, arm circles, heel raises, trunk twists and other movement stretches. Warming up before a run helps prevent injuries.

Beginner tips

Beginners should warm up slowly and not overwork themselves, Destefano said. 

He said a lot of people don’t think they can run until they try and have the proper training.

The Silver City Run Club will cater to all levels, from beginners to seasoned runners. 


The club will meet three times a week for eight weeks at the Meriden YMCA, Platt High School, Hubbard Park and other locations.

Destefano said the consistent workouts will give runners a chance to see improvement by the end of the eight weeks. The goal is for participants to feel comfortable running a 5K race.

The program begins Aug. 13. Those interested can sign up in person, on the phone or online.

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