A group of employees at Human Kinetics in Champaign run together during their lunch hour.
Others use the on-site gym to play basketball, weight train, or work out on a treadmill or elliptical machine. Or they take a yoga class during the day.
So it seems natural the company would participate in Run@Work Day this week.
Run@Work Day is an event of the Road Runners Club of America to promote daily physical activity. The goal of Run@Work Day is to promote and provide the opportunity for people to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into their day, whether it’s before or after work or during the workday.
“It fits in nicely with things that are already going on,” at Human Kinetics, said Steven Calderwood, an assistant editor at the company who is helping coordinate the event there.
Calderwood said about 20 runners and walkers plan to exercise together during the noon hour Friday. They’ll start and finish by walking together. The runners will run two loops along Market, Kenyon, Neil and Bradley, for a total of about three miles, while the walkers do one loop, about 1 1/2 miles.
Several Champaign workers will start their runs at West Side Park on Friday evening after work.
Lorrie Pearson, a land development manager for the city of Champaign and a runner, organized a group run with employees of the city of Champaign, Clark Dietz engineers and Ratio Architects.
“I knew there are members of Second Wind Running Club at each of those organizations,” Pearson said. “I thought it was a great way to collaborate to get our organizations involved.
“The city works on projects with both Ratio and Clark Dietz,” she continued. “It’s a way to get together outside of work and increase the level of friendly competition.”
Pearson expects between a dozen and 15 people to run Friday evening. They can choose from a half-mile route around West Side Park, a 1-mile run and a 3-mile run. Pearson wanted to include shorter distances to get more people involved.
Other workplaces planning runs on Run@Work Day include Great Harvest Bread Co., Urbana Middle School and the Eastern Illinois University English department.
Second Wind Running Club is supporting those workplaces by providing up to $50 for their events. Most are using it for food and drinks, said Joe Bails, a member of Second Wind’s board of directors.
Pearson is using the money for prizes for the people participating in the downtown Champaign runs. They’ll be prediction runs — the runners will estimate their finish times and those who run closest to their predicted times win.
All the prizes are gift cards to downtown Champaign businesses.
“It’s another way to get more people involved because, frankly, not all of us are very fast,” Pearson said.
She’s hoping the run will encourage people to become more fit and to strengthen personal relationships. It’s already done the latter for her. She’s found out about co-workers she didn’t know were runners.
So where will you run on Friday?