Weston Town Crier, April 7, 2005

Community notes
Thursday, April 7, 2005

Suburban Striders meet at Weston High
     A new running group has taken shape in Weston. The Suburban Striders Running Club (SSRC) is a group of women from local communities who meet once a week at the Weston High School track for a coached workout.
     The club began with a small group who had traveled to New York City to run the half-marathon for women. For some, the trip was an inaugural event in racing.
     Suburban Striders formed out of a shared desire by runners of widely varied abilities to achieve more with their running. Club founder Mary Kachadurian notes that the club's mission is to "extend a hand to the woman who might not be able to get there on her own, who needs just a little pull."
     Having a coach involved with the group is key. The coach provides expertise in a variety of areas from planning workouts to injury management. Her expertise helps to guide the individual runners to establish and achieve their goals.
     Many of the group members find the sense of camaraderie and encouragement a real boost to their training. Several women, including first time marathoners, completed the Chicago marathon last October as well as a number of other competitions, ranging from 5-mile runs to triathlons.
     Suburban Striders has evolved into a well-organized group with a board of directors. Visit "www.suburbanstriders.com" for information about the group, the coach, membership, links to related sites and additional information. New members of all abilities are welcome.