On Thursday 29 September 16 runners of the "Run for Your Heart (RFYH)" group will travel to Corning, NY state to participate in the Wineglass Marathon. Aruba is the largest international participant in this marathon.
To highlight this aspect of the race now being international, The Wineglass marathon race director, and the Corning Convention and Visitors Bureau will welcome the Aruba "running ambassadors" to this event.
RFYH was founded 5 years ago by Dr. Johnny Cheng, cardiologist, to promote a healthy, and active lifestyle. In his practice Dr. Cheng diagnoses daily the results of unhealthy diets, and insufficient activity.
Dr. Cheng is an athlete himself, and participates in marathons and triathlons.
Today there are 25 members of the group train who with coach Koos Veel. The ages of the runners vary from 30 - 63 years. Members were runners of smaller distances before they joined RFYH. The success of the group is determined by the quality training program, and each individual contribution, experience, and enthusiasm. The rookies from 5 years ago now have plenty experience with individual participation to famous marathons such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Berlin, and Stockholm.
Once a year the group travels together to participate in a smaller marathon where entry in not determined by lottery. All participants are guaranteed entrance in Corning, however sign up needs to be well in advance.
Training for a marathon requires dedication, and takes place, 4 -5 days a week between 3.30 am - 7.00 am. Training in the Aruba climate gives a considerable advantage in running in cooler, for us, "cold" climates.
This year on October 2, 2016, 13 members will participate in the full marathon, and 2 members will participate in the half marathon. The Wineglass Marathon in Corning is listed as one of the 10 fastest marathons in the USA because of it's flat course.
It is an ideal course to qualify for the world famous Boston Marathon, or a personal best time. RFYH is looking forward to personal best times under 4 hours, or personal best. Next to running the marathon, and travelling to Corning, the group plans to visit the Corning Glass Museum, The "Fingerlakes" and the wineries around. The RFHY group is fortunate to stay in La Tourelle in Ithaca. A family country inn ran by the Wiggins family, direct family of one of the runners.
The RFHY group is looking forward to participate in the Wineglass marathon as it will be the result of many months of training. Finally the moment is there to run the 42.195 kilometers as best as they can, while creating fun, and beautiful memories.