Brookline Breeze aims to help the ‘New You'


February 14, 2006

Twenty-five weeks minus twenty-five pounds = A New You! The Brookline Breeze 5K Race Committee and the Brookline Recreation Center are joining forces to challenge the Pittsburgh community to get more fit and healthy.
With the 25th anniversary of the Brookline Breeze 5K Race approaching on August 12, a challenge will begin on February 18 to motivate people to lose up to 25 pounds by the 25th running of this challenging 5K race and fitness walk. For those who don't need to lose 25 pounds, the challenge is to maintain your weight by participating in a type of exercise for 30 minutes five times a week, or 2.5 hours for 25 weeks until the 25th.
The Brookline Breeze Race Committee has already started planning many extra attractions for this year's big celebration, such as a whole day of kids' activities, an afternoon car cruise and live bands during the race. The Brookline Community Day festival will follow the 5K (3.1 mile) race on the second Saturday in August. It is co-presented by Citiparks.
The fitness challenge will kick off Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Brookline Recreation center, 1400 Oakridge Street. Participants may register by filling out their information and receive a health screen of pulse check, blood pressure check, weigh in and their body mass index. Activity logs will be provided and monthly updates will be held to monitor progress.
The cost of the challenge is $12 with participants receiving a free entry fee to the Brookline Breeze, entry into a $1,000 post race raffle, and receive a $25 anniversary t-shirt. Successful participants will also be entered to win additional prizes.
Brookline and Carrick Recreation centers will be offering many low cost or free exercise programs that can help participants meet their goals: walking club, yoga classes, co-ed boxing for all ages, do-jo martial arts and the use of treadmill, fitness and weight training equipment will be available to participants.
The center also plans to offer nutrition classes by a nutrition expert and a registered nurse. A gourmet cooking class with emphasis on healthy eating is also planned.
Women's self defense classes are planned for March 13 and 15. For more information about recreation programs call 412-571-3222. Visit for race information. Call Debbie Brust at 412-531-9227 for information about the fitness challenge.


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