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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5C Fun and fitness strengthens individuals and communities Shannon Morrow keep our son alive," said McQuarrie. "They Sports Editor also made sure grass was mowed, fires were sports@plumasnews.com going and our dog was taken care of. "We were overwhelmed and in shock, and so thankful for everyone giving us help in To achieve a healthy, vibrant community, our time of need." individuals within the community must be This outpouring of support led to the engaged in positive activities that promote founding of the non-profit organization Tru wellness and camaraderie. Community, which helps support other fam- A good way to support these types of flies experiencing a medical emergency. healthy lifestyles is through fun events that Many of the events McQuarrie and Fox co- bring the community together, with the goal ordinate will benefit Tru Community, in- of increasing overall physical and social cluding the Turkey Trot and the Mid-Week well-being. It takesalotofspecialenergytoestablish i!I ;!iiilt Attack, a new monthly SK run in Quincy "The monthly 5K will emphasize staying such events, but when that energy appears committed to fitness through the summer and the events start taking form, it can mean fantastic things for a community. The energy for these events was created by a close partnership between Jennifer Mc- Quarrie and Kristie Fox, two women with the knowledge and passion to increase the health and well-being of Plumas County. McQuarrie is the founder of the non-profit organization Tru Community, which helps families going through medical emergen- cies. Fox is the owner of Sierra Health and Fit- ness Revolution, the exercise gym in down- town Quincy that customizes individual workout programs. Together, McQuarrie and Fox have a vi- sion for Plumas County that will improve the health of individuals and the well-being of the community. "Our focus is on fun," said McQuarrie. "We want a good community vibe that sup- ports the wellness of the community." Last year's Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day morning was a perfect example. Mc- Quarrie established the 5K run to benefit Tru Community, and it brought out 159 par- ticipants in its inaugural year. A crazy hat contest, music and food were all part of the festivities, and people from throughout the community had fun socializ- ing before and after the run. McQuarrie also started the American Val- ley Harvest Run four years ago and has watched it grow into a popular annual event. This year she is adding a half marathon to the harvest run, with the help of Fox and other family members and friends. "Many people in Quincy train for and par- ticipate in runs of this distance in other lo- It feels good to exercise, and it can be even more fun when done in a social setting. Photo by Shannon Morrow cations, which doesn't make logistical sense," said Fox. "Quincy is a scenic desti- nation, the type of area people from out of town look for to do half marathons -- not the other way around. "Holding community athletic events helps to create a healthy community." Fox is on a mission to promote exercise and fitness as a lifestyle change, which will help people find more energy, self-esteem and happiness. In addition to her gym, Fox has been revi- talizing the Summer Solstice Century bike ride. With their individual expertise, McQuar- rie and Fox share a common vision, and they are excited about the potential their partnership brings. "We work so well together," said McQuar- tie. "It's a blending. We think about the same thing in two different ways, and we balance each other out." McQuarrie listed planning, organization and logistics as her strengths. With her deep-rooted ties to the community, she's good at building support and delegating help. Fox brings tons of health and fitness knowledge to the table and views events from an athlete's perspective. Her conta- gious enthusiasm makes her a natural at marketing. Together, the duo can't help but get excit- ed about the events they're planning and the future of their community. "Plumas County has vast potential for recreational tourism, and we would like to... hold unique events that will attract fitness epthusiasts from all over," said Fox. "Some ideas we will be looking into are a mud run, wine hike and fall colors bike ride. We will collaborate with other local businesses and entities in the organization of future events." Another fun event the pair talked about was a red dress run, a popular race in other towns in which participants all wear red dresses and run through various businesses. McQuarrie and Fox emphasized that their focus is on all of Plumas County, and they want to coordinate with the Graeagle and Lake Almanor communities to help with events in those areas, as well. The two women enjoy attending other fun events out of the area, which gives them ideas and inspiration for creating their own events in Plumas County. Beyond fun and social capital, the pair's events will also support the local communi- ty by helping those in need. Roughly two years ago, McQuarrie's son, Simon Tru McQuarrie, was diagnosed with stage 4 soft tissue sarcoma. Jennifer and her husband, Lorne, immediately became full- time care providers, frequently traveling to San Francisco for more than a year, leaving no time for work or home. "This community, starting with friends and family, then reaching to people we didn't even know, came together and raised money so we didn't have to go through fi- nancial burden while we were fighting to and beyond," said Fox. "Prizes will be awarded for improvements in pace, not pace overall. "We want to deconstruct the myth that these types of events are only for serious athletes and runners. In reality, event par- ticipation is about establishing small social networks of healthy people with similar in- terests, which is a key component of long- term lifestyle change. Participants are en- couraged to run, walk, bring their strollers, etc." The first of the monthly 5K runs is today, June 23, with the starting point at Sierra Health and Fitness in Quincy. Registration opens at 6:15 p.m., with the run beginning at roughly 6:45 p.m. Instead of a registration fee, participants will be asked for a donation to Tru Commu- nity. At the end of the summer, there will be a small celebration to announce how much money was raised for Tru Community. "We want this to be more than just a run, but a social event, too," said Fox. A potluck will be part of the run, so partic- ipants are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Each run will also have a costume theme, and an award will be given for best costume. The theme for today's run is Caped Crusaders. The next Mid-Week Attack is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, and the theme will be Star Wars. The themes for August and September will be announced. "When people become more active they can redefine themselves, and it turns into a long-term lifestyle change," said Fox. "In these small communities, we can support people on an individual level." CALL A 00PRO FE00SSI,00ONA,L-T.ODAY,00!0000. 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