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Boys and Girls Club of Corinth announces new fitness program

Staff Photo by L.A. Story

Boys and Girls Club board members Dennis Dilworth and Mary Dilworth discuss plans for the new running program the club plans to begin on March 20.

By L.A. Story lastory@dailycorinthian.com

The Boys and Girls Club of Corinth is about to get ready, set ... run!

The local club announced a new program this week -- a running program -- and program coordinator Dennis Dilworth hopes it will provide a broad spectrum of benefits for the club's participating youth.

He said the structure would be somewhat like Corinth High School's Running Club.

"What we would like to do is to get the kids over here into running," said Dilworth. "They have an after school program at Corinth High School -- a Running Club -- but a lot of these kids don't get to do it because their parents have to pick them up. So, they have to get on the bus and come over here."

He said the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors wanted the new running program to be something like the CHS version. He named several benefits of running for those who would like to participate.

"You have to be disciplined to run. With the running, you can kind of teach the kids to be a little bit more disciplined with their day-to-day activities," said Dilworth. "It also helps with obesity. There are a lot of different areas where it can help."

Currently, they are getting youths signed up into the program now and interest in the program is beginning to show.

"We already have about 15 signed up," said Mary Dilworth, president of the Corinth Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.

Dilworth said the idea is to get the kids signed up now.

The program will begin on Tuesday, March 20. They expect to run 35 to 40 minutes a day on Tuesdays and Fridays. The tentative start time for running days will be 3:45 p.m.

There is an ultimate goal that Dilworth has in mind.

"We want to see if we can get them ready to run in the Coca-Cola 10K," said Dilworth of the annual race the first Saturday in May.

"We don't want them to stop there," said Mary Dilworth. "We want them to continue to run to stay in shape and for better health."

Dilworth agreed.

He said they will have a scale to track runners' weights and they will also be tracking runners' grades. The hope, he explained, is to let the youth see their own progress in more than one area of their lives. They are also looking for runners who would like to come and run with the club members.

"We already have a couple of volunteers, Thomas Ratliff and Dennis Dilworth Jr.," said Dilworth.

The innovative idea is just one thing Dilworth brings to the table for the board and Mary Dilworth expressed her support of his vision.

"I was really proud and happy to have Dennis on our board. He's already brought several opportunities to the Boys and Girls Club Board," said Mary Dilworth. "We look forward to Dennis doing many other things. We felt like he was a plus."

(For more information about the new running program, contact the Boys and Girls Club of Corinth at 662-286-2808.)