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An Olympic Goal

August 1, 2012, 6:08 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

An Olympic Goal

Having someone to work out with and motivate you can make a huge difference in reaching exercise goals. And with work and family schedules, finding someone to work out with can be difficult.  But a couple of Springfield women have made a big difference in motivating people to exercise in their community.

Ashley Armstrong started running on a regular basis two years ago.

"I feel healthier all the time. I feel healthier when I'm active with my family. I feel healthier just doing normal daily activities," Armstrong said.

So Armstrong wanted to help others in the Springfield, South Dakota, area get fit. She and friend Kendra Krueger started a Bon Homme Running Club.

"We saw that there was a need for some kind of recreational activity for adults in our community and we wanted to spread it not only in Springfield, but in the surrounding communities," Armstrong said.

"It's all about keeping people motivated and constantly doing things to get people active," Krueger said.

Since starting the group in March, around 100 runners have joined.

"We did the Firecracker 5K this year and we had over 150 people. That was awesome because people spread the word," Krueger said.

But the group wanted to reach out to more people than just here in Springfield so they started a Summer Challenge on Facebook. Every day of the Olympics, participants should walk, run, or bike an average of five miles a day.

"The Summer Challenge, we thought maybe it would just be us two.  But now we have 72 people who are going to try to run five miles a day.  So that's pretty cool," Krueger said.

"We use the group as a way to log your hours and to keep other people motivated, telling people you got your runs in," Armstrong said.

"You don't have to run five a day. You can run ten one day, take the next day off or whatever to get your five in a day," Krueger said.

Because Krueger says the main point of the group is not to show off how many miles you can run.

"Make some new friends while getting healthy at the same time," Krueger said.

Check out the Summer Challenge for yourself on the Bon Homme Running Club's Facebook page.

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