Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor features fitness, friendship among military spouses

Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor holds workouts twice a week both beginning at 9 a.m.—one at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Tuesdays and one at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Thursdays. Photo courtesy of Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor

Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor holds workouts twice a week both beginning at 9 a.m.—one at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Tuesdays and one at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Thursdays. Photo courtesy of Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs

Stroller Warriors Pearl Harbor is a free running club for military spouses living on Oahu, explained Kate Laing of the club.

Currently, the club holds workouts twice a week, both beginning at 9 a.m. — one at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Tuesdays and one at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Thursdays.

The group is one of 18 chapters globally for Stroller Warriors Running Club started by Stephanie Geraghty, a Marine Corps spouse, in January 2010.

Recently, the club was featured in Runner’s World Magazine’s January/February issue to highlight what it does as an organization.

The local chapter in Hawaii was launched in April 2013 and to date it has approximately 500 members on the island of Oahu and is growing. Stroller Warriors accepts members with all running abilities, from someone just starting out to marathoners.

Not only do participants run, but they also provide community outreach and fundraising in support of the military community. Since launching, the club has raised more than $1,000 for Tripler Fisher House and donated several hundred pounds of canned goods to the Armed Services YMCA for their annual Thanksgiving baskets.

Couch to 5K (C25K) is a part of the club’s Couch 2 Crazy series. Runners who are new to the activity, coming off a break, returning after an injury or recovering from pregnancy may participate in C25K.

C25K consists of a nine-week walking and jogging program. It features 20to 30-minute sessions, three times weekly with the end goal of completing a 5K (3.1-mile) race.

Following the C25K graduation 5K, the club will do 10K training for six weeks with a 10K race and half marathon training. The series will be completed at the Hickam Half Marathon in August.

Besides the organized workouts, Stroller Warriors encourages friendship among the spouses.

C25K takes someone from not running at all to running a 5K, said Laing. “Our program is open to anyone. Most common participants are new runners, postpartum moms and those recovering from injuries,” she said.

Christine Salak, Adrienne Luter, Darcy Holcombe and Payge Brandt (also a chapter coordinator) C25K coordinators, oversee everything from the workouts to the medal orders to the race itself.

“The main reason we offer this is to give encouragement, support, mentorship, resources and leadership for new or returning runners to help achieve a goal they might not do on their own,” Laing said.

For more information, email strollerwarriorspearlharbor@gmail.com or visit the websites www.facebook.com/StrollerWarriors or www.strollerwarriors.com.

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