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by Healthe at Cerner
Published on September 14, 2017

Associates from around the globe have logged some major distance in the Healthe Fitness Center's Cerner Running and Cycling Clubs, previously known as the Cerner Running Club. The organized groups are for associates of all running and cycling levels and doubles as a community for associates to connect and share their experiences and passion for exercise. The clubs helps associates track distance, set goals and receive education from fitness specialists, nutritionists and certified athletic trainers.

A community of runners and cyclists interact on a regular basis through online discussions and forums to form riding and running groups as a result of the social connectivity. Associates share advice, tips and tricks for better running and cycling, and most of all, their success stories to help keep each other motivated to hit that next milestone. Pictured above are members of Cerner's Portugal Running Club participating in Lisbon's Mini Marathon.

Daniel’s story
“My story of running started in the summer 2015, after my father-in-law passed away from a heart attack,” recalls Daniel Smith, a financial specialist at Cerner. “After he passed away, I became really depressed and my activity level went way down. Before long, I was at my heaviest weight ever at 223 pounds. My stomach would literally cramp at my desk just from eating horribly and not being active.”

Through the motivation and encouragement from Team Lead | Fitness Center Manager, Ashley Lightle, Daniel joined the club. “It supplied motivation by offering prizes for hitting certain milestones, plus it opened me up to a lot of other runners who I now consider great friends.” Before joining, Daniel didn’t consider himself to be a big runner. He now runs four to five races a year ranging from 5ks to half marathons and, in 2016, completed his first full marathon at the Kansas City Marathon. Daniel went on to finish the Garmin Marathon in early 2017 and continues to help inspire and motivate others in his or her training.

Since joining the club in 2015, Daniel has dropped more than 30 pounds. Running has also improved his home life, from keeping up with his kids, who love to exercise with Daniel, to doing housework and motivating his wife to walk more and lose weight with him.

“Without the Cerner Running Club, I don’t believe I would be running like I am now,” said Daniel. “With our Thursday group runs at WHQ, it gets us together to talk about how we are doing and do what we love to do. If someone has a race coming up, it is a great time to talk strategy and just get each other mentally prepared for what is coming. Running is just as much a mental game as it is a physical ability. That’s what makes it challenging.”

All associates, no matter the location, can participate in the virtual journey. Visit the Cerner Running & Cycling Club uCern group to learn more and get involved.