Western & Southern
Thanksgiving Day Run & Walk
McDonald's Kids Run
CINCINNATI  •  9AM - NOV 23  •  2017
TIME To Register!
TIME Flies
TIME Flies

Enjoy a bit of Running Spot Time before Race Time

Packet Pick-Up and Race Registration is Oh So Easy and Fun

The Running Spot powered by JackRabbit is our official race headquarters again this year. Bob Roncker started the tradition over 30 years ago, and manager Drew Gates and his team keep it running, walking and doing great things in the community.

The Spot is a place we call home. It's not a huge convention center but a wonderful race place where you can expect free giveaways and special sales each of the 5 days of packet pick-up.

You will love the volunteers from Girls on the Run, St. Ursula and the Alzheimer's Association. There will be additional parking and less traffic because of the new Martin Luther King interchange, and there will be 42 hours to get everyone registered and do a little holiday shopping (for you, of course)!

Nothing says love like a family 10k walk or run on Thanksgiving Day! Draft the whole family. The turkey can wait! Is everyone ready to sign up?

- sponsored by Western & Southern
Healthy TIME
Healthy TIME

What are some of risk factors when canoeing or kayaking?

"The outdoors makes us happy," said Gary Morgan, the owner of Morgan's Livery and an expert in outdoor adventure activities. "But there are some risks so be mindful so your experience is as fun as possible."
  • Inexperience
    Beginners may be more prone to injury because they do not have the skills or technique to meet the demands of the sport. Find a good instructor or class to learn how to do it best.

  • Poor technique
    Holding or moving the body incorrectly can put unnecessary strain on joints, muscles and ligaments, especially the wrist and elbows. "Wrist and elbow tendonitis may occur due to the repetitive nature of paddling and the extra stress on the joints," said Tom Kiefhaber, MD, TriHealth Hand Surgery Specialist. "Maintain a light grip, avoid full elbow extension and watch your posture."

  • Choosing dangerous waters
    Seek local knowledge if paddling in a location for the first time. Also, consider air and water temperature, currents, tides and wave action.

  • Failure to wear protective equipment
    Life jackets are essential safety equipment.

  • Overtraining
    Training too much and too often can lead to a wide range of overuse injuries.
- sponsored by TriHealth
TIME to Train
TIME to Train

What if you HATE to exercise?

"If you can reframe exercise from something torturous into something fun and adventurous, you'll be more likely to stick to it," said Dr. Steve King from Mt. Lookout Chiropractic.
  • Exercise is so good for you in so many ways
    It's good for your family. It's good for your mind, your body, your social life, your self-esteem and your confidence. It shouldn't matter whether you like it, you should try to do it anyway.

  • Find a novel way to make it more fun
    Grab a friend and turn your workout into a social experience by entering a fun race like the Holiday Lights Run, or use your walk as an excuse to explore Cincinnati. Put together a playlist to keep you motivated or save your podcast to listen to while you exercise.

  • Get specific about what you hate
    If certain forms of exercise sound like torture, select something that feels doable and commit to it for a month. You don't have to go crazy here -- walking, swimming, dance, yoga, and running are all great options.

  • Beware of energy vampires
    Many people can drain your energy and, daily activities can drain your wil lpower. Try to exercise in the morning before you're worn out and fed up from a tough day.
- sponsored by Running Spot by JackRabbit
Family TIME
Family TIME

What holds you back from fulfilling some of your dreams?

Sometimes we get in our own way. We have those dangerous conversations with ourselves. They start like this...
  • What if I fail?  Yes, taking risks makes us super-vulnerable, but if we're willing to fail, it's amazing how much fun we can have with our lives.

  • Daydreaming is a waste of time. Oh come on, life is supposed to be fun and frivolous at times. Go ahead and dream about possibilities. How else are we going to figure out where we want to go next?

  • How could I possibly do that?  This is the opposite of a pep talk. We tear ourselves down. Psychologists call this the "imposter syndrome." It's a persistent feeling that we don't deserve whatever it is we're doing.

  • I have no time. It is easier to focus on tangible things such as the work in front of us than some future possibility. We must make time for things that matter.

  • I don't want to be selfish. Think about it this way — by taking steps toward our fulfillment, we'll be more available to others.

  • I can't afford to try. There is no cost to dream so let your dreams take flight.
- sponsored by Always

Humility is a quality that can effect powerful positive change in your life. How do you cultivate it?
  • Ask for feedback
    Humility involves an accurate view of the self. "Ask several close friends to be really honest about three things they appreciate about you and three areas where you might need some growth," said Alvin Roehr, CEO of The Roehr Agency. "Work on the weaknesses."

  • Start with a question
    If you think you already know everything or act as if you do, other people will check out. "When you ask questions, it shows you are open-minded, value their opinions and want to learn more," said John Barrett, CEO of Western & Southern.

  • Really listen
    Listening does not obligate you to agree (nor does humility make you a passive doormat), but it does make you realize that others' opinions and experiences are valuable.

  • Accept setbacks
    Let yourself be humbled by your experiences. "Everyone fails," said Roehr. "Hopefully, we learn from it in the most valuable ways."

  • Discover awe
    "Take notice of and express gratitude for the world's beauty and wonder," said Barrett. "It's hard to maintain self-centeredness when you see an amazing sunset or experience human kindness." 
- sponsored by TQL
TIME to Laugh 

You're born. You live. You die. WAIT — what was that middle part again?

- Julie Isphording
Title Sponsor:  Western & Southern Life
McDonald'sTriHealthThe Running Spot by JackRabbit
AlwaysBusam SubaruTQL
MCM CPA's & AdvisorsKind SnacksLocal12 WKRC
ROEHR Insurance AgencyMt. Lookout ChiropracticTri-State Running Company
Tillar-Wenstrup Advisors, LLCExercise & LeisureSimple Truth
Kroger AmpacHoist Rapid Hydration
MODO YOGAWealth Planning CorporationAlpine Valley
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