"Fall for Fitness" 5K and Fun Run, a benefit for the BSHS Cross Country Team, is a new event taking place November 16th in Berkeley Springs, WV. Organizers have created a fun family fitness day filled with activities from a 5K Run, a family 1 mile fun run, free post race DJ Dance Party, and a free family walking tour of historic Berkeley Springs!
A very special "Fall for Fitness" co-host will appear with emcee and Dance DJ Ken Reed, owner of Reed's Pharmacy and candidate for US Congress! Recently suffering a tragic, death defying, car accident, local fitness instructor Rene Garcia-Kesecker will be the guest of honor to recognize fitness in our community and award medals to the top three of age groups. "Run with Renee" at "Fall for Fitness" coming Nov. 16 and inspire your community to be fit!
Always an incurable optimist and possessing a powerful positive attitude, Rene greets everyone she sees with that electric movie star smile and a "Hey you!" Regardless of how busy her day is, Rene is one of those rare fitness moms that makes time for a hello and a hug.
Busy? Yes, that's Rene! With her oldest a freshman at WVU, a daughter in high school, and another fifth grade dancing doll, this busy mom's activities keep her fit as a fiddle as she hustles from high school thespian productions, dance recitals, lessons, and extended family events. Add to Rene's plate her fitness expertise as the community "zin master" on all things Zumba, a combination of Latin and International music with a fun and effective dance workout, one can find Rene teaching at Rankins Fitness Center or MAC Ice House.
It is never a dull day when attending "Zumba with Rene"... or, watching her participate in one of the only four major sports created in America. No, it's not basketball, American football, or baseball. Try Roller Derby!
A member of the Mason Dixon Roller Vixens, a women's flat track roller derby league, "Rene -K47" knows for certain the meaning of "rock-n-roll" as she enjoys competitive and focused sports devoted to community service, good sportsmanship, physical fitness, and the "left turns" of sweet, sweet Roller Derby!
She was recently heading to help teach a Zumbathon in Hagerstown, MD, when Rene took a turn on a wet road while driving her family car after a late summer shower on a hot September afternoon. The local media soon reported "Woman Taken to Hospital After Driving into Tree" and facebook exploded with concern for a beloved mom in this small community. We saw this:
Really?... Rene? Dear God, please rescue Rene from this tragic accident, love her family, heal her body, ease her pain.
Posts online reported that she suffered a broken collar bone, broken pelvis, and broken ribs. How's a thrice broken pelvis going to do salsa and merengue at her next Zumba class? How Rene managed to survive such an awful accident continues to shake this small town.
Morgan County is a rural community. Although it seems we often hear nothing but the negative news; i.e, failed levy, struggling schools, drug abuse, obesity, child hunger,... in the midst of what often seems a crazy, mixed-up world, we all stopped for a moment to remember our beautiful, smiling, warm-hearted, dancing Rene.
Now, meet Rene...
Still healing, (and smiling) it will take more than a car crash to stop this 45 year-old-roller-derby-mom-of-three! Barely a month following her horrible accident, Rene can be seen here cheering folks in the local parade at the Apple Butter Festival Oct 12th. Seeing her at the festival made.my.day!...and others too.
Why? Because a terrible accident has not stopped Rene. Nope. Out on a rainy weekend surrounded by her entire family, Rene returns to all things fun and fit. With determination and a positive approach to her healing, Rene will soon be back in her Zumba class or making those left turns on the Derby Rink!
In fact, the Berkeley Springs community is pleased to have Rene join them as the guest of honor for the first annual "Fall for Fitness" 5K. As honorary officiate of the event, Rene will be presenting runner's awards and presiding over the event to benefit the Berkeley Springs High School Cross Country team! On Saturday, November 16th at 10 a.m., family and friends will gather at Warm Springs Middle School to show support for a community fitness celebration for the "Fall for Fitness" 5K.
Following the race, there will be a Fun Run/Walk at 11 a.m., a free DJ Dance Party, and fun for all ages. DJ Ken will attempt, with Rene's assistance, to lead a fitness Zumba dance while waiting for runners to return! Inspiring others with her positive outlook, Rene will be present to cheer on the participants. At this point (and if her doctor permits), she would even like to participate! Online registration to "Run With Renee" is available on Active.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 304-676-7910, or click the link above. Join the BSHS Cross Country team for "Fall for Fitness" 5K on Nov. 16th, celebrate fitness, and