“We were doing 30-second walk and run intervals the prior week, so I said to my wife, ‘This is a big jump!'” said the Treasurer of the Culver City Education Foundation. The Culver City accountant (sixth from right with gray shirt) attends the free Sunday afternoon training sessions with his wife, Paula, at the Culver City High School track to prepare for the Screenland 5K on February 26. The Academy Awards Sunday event will be their first ever race.
Hibbs has progressed to running for 20 minutes before taking a walk break in the weekly workouts led by professional trainer Kirsten Bell, who designed a Screenland 5K training schedule for the 70 Sunday attendees.
“I was doubtful, but the formula is working,” said Hibbs, who has added the treadmill to his workout routine at the local health club. “Neither of us has ever run. In fact, when the training leader asked everyone at the first session what our running experiences were, Paula said, ‘I hate running.’
Paula, Rich, and their son, Rick, who plays on the Culver City High School tennis team, attend the free social one-hour sessions, Sundays, 4 p.m., with their neighbors and friends.
“It’s good to see everybody there, enjoying themselves and getting exercise for a good cause,” said Hibbs. The Culver City Education Foundation is the major charity for the Screenland 5K.
For his New Year’s resolution, Hibbs said he is going to keep one foot in front of the other and accomplish his goal of running the entire Screenland 5K.
Every week leading up to the event Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to join Rich and many others for free Screenland 5K training sessions at 4 pm on the Culver HIgh track off Harter Ave.
To register for a once in a lifetime 5k through Screenland, go to www.Screenland5K.com and click on “Register.” Include the promo code “CCEF” and you will get a discount of up to 1/3 off! Discount ends January 31st.