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Class aims to get families running together

Alicia Barnick and her sons Charlie and Zachary will lead a family running class through Community Education.

Alicia Barnick can relate to how hectic life can be with kids. The personal trainer has three. But she knows, too, that where there's a will there is a way to find time to work out.

In fact, she's helping provide a way for the whole family to get a workout in. This fall Barnick will teach Beginning Running for Families through School District 196 Community Education. And to really drive the point home that the class is for families, she will include her two sons, Charlie and Zachary.

Barnick said she hopes area families will use the class as a launch pad to better health. Barnick will introduce families to running, goal setting, cross training and injury prevention. The class will prepare families to participate in a 5K race.

While the class aims to help families establish a healthy fitness routine, Barnick said running together as a family also creates strong bonds and serves as great family time. Barnick, who runs with her own kids, said she's amazed at the conversations that come up when running.

"It's a good way to make connections stronger," said Barnick.

The class will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Scott Highlands Middle School. Barnick said they planned the class for Sunday evenings because it was a time most families don't have much going on.

Community ed representative Amanda Kuhn said the class is a good offering for community education because it instills a healthy lifestyle while promoting stronger families.

"It's a good partnership because it promotes good community connections and overall health," said Kuhn.

While the event is separate the class will train in anticipation of the Run with Me one mile and 5K Family Run/Walk and Health Expo, which will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at Shannon Park Elementary School. The event will benefit community education and will include a variety of healthy-living vendors.

Class participants aren't required to participate in the run but there is a discount for families who sign up for both the class and the run.

Excited for class Barnick, hopes to get quite a few families sign up. The class is open to people 8 years old and up. An adult must sign up with children, though multiple children can run with one adult.

For more information or to register for the class visit

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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