Up North: Fitting for Every Pace, No Excuses Adventures Keeps People Moving

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: April 03, 2020 09:51 PM

Bright pink T-shirts stood out against the stark winter background last weekend. Eve Graves was coaching a small exercise group on her deck, but the ladies did not come from a gym.

"Zilch to 5K is a very unique group. It's a group that is exclusively for people who are just getting back into it, are really out of shape, [or] like to move slowly," said Eve Graves. 

Zilch to 5K is part of No Excuses Adventures. Geared towards people 40 and older, it's purpose is to motivate individuals from running or walking zilch, or zero K's, to 5Ks. 

"It's just about getting out and moving," Graves said. "The No Excuses Adventures, it's no excuses because there's no excuses. Your car is broken, we'll come get you, your shoes don't work I bet I have a pair."

"I like the pace of the group. I'm not a super athlete, I didn't even start running until I joined Eve's group so now I'm kind of a runner," said Kris Curtis, a seven year member of No Excuses Adventures. 

Curtis said she likes the structure. Meeting twice a week, around 30 people attend the workouts and weekend skiing, kayaking or hiking trips. 

"We generally do some pre-exercises to kind of loosen up our joints. Then we go out for varying amounts of time. There's different challenges while we're out there too. Sometimes we might do a really short sprint then do some more walking," added Jean Yelle, in her third year with the group. 

For ten years the group has molded stretches and workouts to help people recovering from surgeries, cancer survivors or those simply looking to cut a few pounds.

"There's a lot of different things that we do," Graves noted. "We do ball, we do TheraBand. I teach people about nutrition, pacing, [and] form."

"Come out see what it's like," Yelle added. "I guarantee we'll make it fun for you."

For more information head to the Zilch to 5K Facebook page or the No Excuses Adventures website.


Alicia Tipcke

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