Kelly supports physical and mental health

“Up and Running Guelph has given me the opportunity to share my passion for running and outdoor exercise with incredible women in our community” says Kelly Legge. “As a result, I have become part of something much greater than I could have ever imagined.”

Offering friendly, beginner running and walking programs for women who are experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety, Up and Running Guelph promotes both mental and physical health.  “Kelly has been an integral part of the development of Up and Running Guelph, a leader in the delivery of our programs, and a key element of our success” shares Shirley Hunt, Co-founder, Executive Director, Mentor. “Our programs harness the power of peer support and outdoor activity to support women in managing their mental health. As Lead Coach of our running programs, working with our mentors to share the mental health benefits of running with women in the community, Kelly volunteers with great enthusiasm, empathy and commitment” says Shirley.

Kelly explains “I was introduced to the idea of Up & Running Guelph by a friend during a run, early Spring 2016. Given the fact that both running and outdoor exercise have played a significant role in my life over the years, I knew instantly I had to be involved.”

“No matter the weather” Shirley says, “Kelly greets participants with enthusiasm, encouragement and a great sense of fun, positivity and genuine caring.” In addition to being Up and Running’s Lead Coach, Kelly manages the volunteer mentors, advises on program development, and is a key contributor to communications through sharing of articles, stories and mental health initiatives on our social media.

“Kelly has been described as compassionate, exuberant, and “salt-of-the-earth”. Shirley continues, “she’s someone who really cares about the individual and wants them to be successful. Encouraging, strong, talented yet humble, with a truckload of patience, Kelly is a true leader and we feel lucky to have her in our organization!” 

“Without a doubt” Kelly says, “watching the transformation that participants experience and the friendships that form throughout the program are highlights for me.” “In the beginning, it’s common for most of the women to feel intimidated by joining a running group.  Whether it is fear of the unknown, lack of confidence, or simply the challenge of getting out the door, the symptoms associated with depression &/or anxiety can be paralyzing. Watching our participants make a commitment to themselves to show up when they can, put one foot in front of the other, and face challenges and fears both on and off the trails is beyond inspiring.”

To learn more about the Up and Running Guelph, visit upandrunningguelph.ca

Posted on February 1, 2019

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