The first step in getting or staying FIT is the desire to do so. The second step is getting out the door. The UjENA FIT Club will provide you information on our website and at our Meet-Ups on what do to. We have selected running/walking because it works. It is very addictive once you get passed jogging. Mix walking with your daily run, reduce your sugar intake and you will loose weight.
UjENA FIT Club director, Lisa Anderson-Wall started running at the Runner's World Fun Runs in 1975 at age three. (The RW Fun Runs, started by Bob Anderson in 1972, were held at Foothill College in Los Altos, California every Sunday without fail for over 25 years. ) Running has always been important to Lisa. In 2000 she ran the Big Sur Marathon in 3:43. After having three kids and running a company (she is president of UjENA) she found it hard to have enough time to run as often as she wanted like so many others.
"I love running and missed it so much. I would run once in awhile always thinking I would get out the door the next day. The next day became years. But I finally got back to it. I ran the Carlsbad 5k three years ago. It was tough not having trained for it but I finished in just over 27 minutes. Last year I got focused and ran the San Jose Half Marathon last October and will be running it again this year," says Lisa Anderson-Wall. "I am now out regularly and loving it. You just have to make time for running. It is that important."
"The other evening I went out for a run with my dad and my husband Justin up in the hills. I just love the feeling I get from running. My life is more complete when I am running," says Lisa.
UjENA FIT Club Director, Justin Wall was a professional soccer player before suffering a knee injury that ended his soccer career. He married Lisa, came to work at UjENA (he is the VP of Sales), plays a lot of golf (he is a two handicap), but did not think he could run consistently due to his knee injury.
"Everyone around me was into running so I decided to go for it, bad knee and all. I have been running 20-30 miles per week for the past 2 years and running has really helped the overall strength of my knee. I am totally addicted to it and am currently training to run the San Jose Half Marathon again this year. Last year I ran 1:27 and hope to improve on my time. Running has become a very important part of my life now," says Justin Wall.
The UjENA FIT Club is looking for people who want to be a coach or leader in your area. We are still working out the details for these programs. If you are interested in getting more involved, send Bob Anderson an email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your ideas.
With just $100 in his pocket in 1966 and never borrowing a dime Bob built Runner's World (RW) into a $25 million company before selling it to Rodale Press in 1984 the current publisher. Runner's World was a major force in moving running into the main stream. This was before the internet and the monthly issues of Runner's World provided information people needed to understand a sport where knowledge helped people reach their goals. RW also published books, newsletters and booklets including Doctor Sheehan on Running which made it to the New York Times best Sellers paperback list. Before selling Runner's World in 1984, circulation had reached 472,000. By far the World's largest running magazine.
"I am very much addicted to running and racing," says Bob Anderson. " I started running at age 13 and was hooked right away. At age 17, my whole life was running and in fact I decided to start Runner's World magazine not knowing a thing about publishing. I learned everything along the way and found many others that were as addicted as I was. I sent out a letter to known runners about my idea for a magazine about running and I was amazed at the response. "
While publishing Runner's World Bob created events that helped bring more attention to running. Back in those early days less than 200 people were running the Boston Marathon. Some of the events that Bob created were the National Fun Run program, 24-Hour Relay, Pre-Race Expos, Corporate-Cup Relays, Marathon Handbook, RW Indoor Classic, RW Shoe Rating, and National Running Week.
"Most everything in this world is not free. When I am running through the woods I am wearing a $100 pair of running shoes and $60 worth of running shorts and shirt. Entry fees to races are as much as $100 and to put on a race cost thousands. As a group, we will raise funds and use these funds to help people get and stay FIT. $50 UjENA FIT Dollars we are awarding to the first 70 plus runner in the San Francisco marathon might be just enough to help encourage that person to keep running. Sometimes it just does not take a lot," says Bob.
"More than the overall winners in a race are running their guts out and we think recognition is deserved. We will be selecting different age categories and random places in advance of a UjENA FIT Club selected race to award UjENA FIT Dollars," says Lisa Anderson. "What other organization is awarding dollars to people who finish a race other than sometimes their overall winners. It is not a lot of money but sometimes it is the little things that can help motivate people."
"I have won $50 cash here and there by winning my age-group over the years. It was not a lot of money, but it was a good feeling to win it. It was like someone really recognized my effort. I win medals and t-shirts all the time and the thrill is different. I think some race directors take their runners for granted," says Bob Anderson.
"Of course I run because I love it. However, earning money is something we all understand. We know by doing a good job we make more money. Cash awards are special no matter what amount they are. It's like being a professional athlete in a way and for me that's exciting," says Bob.
"For the last 26 years UjENA, a women's apparel manufacturing company, has sponsored and produced the UjENA 5k and more recently we have added the UjENA 10k and the Bob Anderson 15k Challenge. These unique events are held in Mexico and many people have started running regularly because of these events. We award a total of $4800 UjENA FIT Dollars annually at our three events held in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo," says Lisa Anderson-Wall, UjENA president. "We have awarded over $20,000 in cash (now called UjENA FIT Dollars) to runners in our UjENA races held at the UjENA JAM," stated UjENA founder and current CEO Bob Anderson.
"UjENA will be funding this start up and will continue to support the UjENA FIT Club," says UjENA PR director Catherine Cross. "We hope you will join the UjENA FIT Club and show us your support too. There is nothing more important than getting and staying FIT. This is the sole purpose of the UjENA FIT Club and we need your support to reach our goals."
The UjENA Fit Club is dedicated to promoting fitness in unique ways. What other Club do you know of that is giving aways dollars to members who run/walk just a mile or more per day? We want you to make running/walking a daily habit. Just login your daily miles into our computer and have a chance to win $50 FIT $$ weekly.
Run in a UjENA FIT Club GO FOR IT! selected race and win FIT $$. We are picking some of the best races in the country and will be giving away $50 FIT $$ to winners in different age-groups, categories and to selected finishers.
We will be promoting fitness in unique ways. JOIN US!!