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April 2023

FUN RUN APRIL 12

Wednesday, April 12 will be our second Fun Run of the Season. This will be held at The Grand Chute Community Center, 1850 Grand Chute Boulevard, Grand Chute at 6 p.m. Beef and chicken will be provided, we ask all participants to please, PLEASE bring a dish to pass, such as a salad, dessert or side dish so that we all have enough to eat after the run. If for some reason you are not able to bring a dish, a $5 donation is required. There will be both 5k and 10k routes, maps will be provided. Remember we always encourage all ages and abilities, all are welcome. More info or questions Contact Us.

We are looking at rewarding those who participate in multiple Fun Run events, more details to come.

RUNNER'S KNEE SYMPTOMS, CAUSES AND PREVENTION

Runner’s knee is a prevalent condition that affects the articulation between the kneecap and the thigh bone. While it is commonly associated with runners, it can also impact athletes in other sports, such as tennis. The term runner’s knee is often used broadly to describe knee pain resulting from various knee issues.

Sports physiotherapists consider runner’s knee to be a common condition, particularly among women. Patients with this condition experience diffuse pain in the front of the knee, which can become more pronounced after running or engaging in activities such as squatting, climbing stairs, or sitting for prolonged periods with bent knees. Longer runs tend to aggravate patellofemoral pain, particularly when the quadriceps become tired.

To prevent this condition, runners should engage in strength training, as strength is essential for protecting the body against injury. Specific runner’s knee exercises can also help prevent the condition.

The patellofemoral joint, located between the kneecap and thigh bone, is vital during running, as the typical running form relies on knee extension beyond 30 degrees. The patella’s primary function is to provide a mechanical pulley for the quadriceps, particularly in the last 30 degrees of knee extension.

Various theories have been proposed historically on how runner’s knee is caused, including poor biomechanics. However, a recent systematic review published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that quadricep weakness is the only risk factor with strong supporting evidence.

If you suspect that you have patellofemoral pain syndrome, it is advisable to consult a physiotherapist, as there may be other potential causes of knee pain that a physiotherapist should rule out.

Exercise therapy and rehabilitation can have positive outcomes for those suffering from runner’s knee in terms of function and pain. Exercises that target the knee and hip in combination seem to offer the best outcomes.

Although there is no evidence that stretching impacts the treatment or prevention of patellofemoral pain syndrome, incorporating rehab exercises into a strength program can help prevent the injury. However, little is known about preventative measures, and the focus is often on managing runner’s knee when it occurs, rather than preventing it from happening.

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OTHER RUNS IN OUR AREA

Check out our Events page to see if we have a discount code for these races. You will need to sign in for the discount codes to be displayed.

  • April 15 - Run Away to the Bay 55M Relay - Oshkosh to Green Bay
  • April 22 - Navarino's Trail Fun Run 10k, 5k, 1M - Shiocton
  • April 22 - Phoenix 5k - UW Green Bay
  • April 22 - Sturgeon Shuffle 10k, 5k - New London
  • April 29 - Oshkosh Half Marathon and 5k
  • May 6 - NAMI Oshkosh 5k for Mental Health Awareness
  • May 6 - Superhero Fun Run 5k, 1M - Waupaca
  • May 13 - Sole Burner 5k - Appleton
  • May 13 - Lyme Warrior 5k - Greenville

COMMUNITY FIRST FOX CITIES MARATHON EVENTS

Although I am still looking at a few piles of snow out my window, it won't be long and we will be training for one of our Community First Fox Cities Marathon events. The 5k & 10k are held on Sept 16 with the Half & Full events on Sept 17. Our training runs kickoff for the Community First Fox Cities Marathon/Half is coming soon on Saturday May 27. Here is a sneak peak at the route for both that Half (4 mi) and Full (8 mi) training run: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/5439400738

It is a great time to signup for these fall events. Not only will prices increase on May 1st, but the Pacesetters discount expires May 31st. $5 discount for 10k (limited to first 50 users), and $10 for Half or Full (limit 50). When using, select Pacesetters in drop down menu. See Members Only website page for discount codes. Register now for best pricing.

FUTURE FUN RUNS

Our Wednesday evening 6:00 pm Fun Runs have commenced. Here are some upcoming dates and locations.

  • April 12 - Grand Chute Community Center
  • May 10 - Greenville YMCA
  • June 14 - Whiting Boathouse
  • July 12 - location TBD
  • August 9 - location TBD
  • September 13 - location TBD

If you know these people, please thank them for their kind donations!