B'ville: Giving back to nature

Steve Pfanenstiel believes the Upstate Chiropractic Run is a great opportunity to get fit while simultaneously giving back to nature, namely Beaver Lake Nature Center.

"Whether walking or running, it's about getting people active," he said. "Plus, Beaver Lake is a beautiful place to do so."

Four years ago, Pfanenstiel was a member of the Friends of Beaver Lake board, the group that spearheaded and designed the run to promote wellness and raise money for the nature center. Although he is no longer on the board, he is still an active member helping to organize the annual event. He and Jim Goulet, a retired teacher from Ray Middle School and track coach, both coordinate the event. Goulet handles the specifics of courses and the actual run, while Pfanenstiel promotes the event.

"I enjoy coordinating the publicity end of the run," Pfanenstiel said.

The fourth annual Upstate Chiropractic run features a 5K and 10K run, a youth run and a fun walk and will be held Sunday Aug. 19.

While this is advertised as mostly a 5K and 10K run, we don't want to forget about the walkers out there either, said Dr. Eric Croucher of Upstate Chiropractic and a member of the Friends board. We really want to stress the wellness aspect of the event. Getting out, being active, becoming healthy. And there is no better place for it than at Beaver Lake.

Increasingly popular run

Although the fundraiser broke even the first year, the past two years have proven successful with continued growth. Last year, more than 200 runners and walkers participated. Also, as of last week, the event had seven children signed up for the youth run and 60 registered for the 5K and 10K runs, numbers that Pfanenstiel said indicates a good turn out.

Upstate Chiropractic, Panera Bread and Red Bull are major sponsors of the run. Participants receive bagels and cream cheese from Panera Bread, drinks from Red Bull, granola bars, bananas and apples. To help keep costs down, volunteers pick apples from Abbott's Farms rather than purchasing them at the grocery store.

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