Heartbeats set the pace on nature trails

Spinnaker

Spring has blossomed in Jacksonville, and what better way to enjoy the weather than a stroll outside? The Exercise Science Student Association is hosting a fun-run April 2 at 9 a.m. to get the entire community’s hearts pumping.

Andrew Schreiner, a UNF exercise science senior and vice president of the club, decided to host the event at the UNF Wildlife Sanctuary.

“I work as a ranger at the sanctuary, so I know it’s a good location to get people out and running,” Schreiner said.

Whether you’re striding across the trails with fervor or casually strolling along and taking in the scenery, the run is open to anyone and everyone.

“Students from the exercise science major will be giving out free fitness tests, like taking blood pressure and giving body fat assessments,” Schreiner said.

Chrissy Huxley, president of the ESSA, has been organizing the event with Schreiner and the club’s officers. ESSA is the two-time champion of the Brooks College of Health Olympics and often puts together volunteer opportunities around the community.

“We have a volunteer event going on right now involving a transportation and logistics company, where we offer fitness testing to over 500 of their employees,” Schreiner said.

Local business Nutrition Oasis will have a booth set up at the event and will be giving out free food samples and smoothies for the participants who need to refuel after the run.

“We want to raise awareness about our major and to let the public know about the benefits of health and exercise,” Schreiner said. “It’s the purpose of the club and this event.”

PULL OUT BOX: Registration begins at 8 a.m. April 2. It is free to attend, and the Exercise Science Student Association will be accepting donations.