Sammy Fund Run gets head start with NuFit training sessions

Posted: Aug. 8, 2013 10:36 am Updated: Aug. 22, 2013 1:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Most people can run a 5K, Angie Asmann says, but they need to train first.

"A 5K is a little bit over three miles, which doesn't sound very far, but if you've never run before, it's a lot," said Asmann, owner of NuFit for You. "Very few people can go out and run a 5K without training and without injury."

NuFit and the Sammy Fund are partnering in a training program designed to help people "get up and move for a good cause."

The beginner 5K program with coach Brian Pahlmann will take participants from walking to running in nine weeks -- just in time for the Sammy Fund Fall Run/Walk on Oct. 12.

An orientation session will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at NuFit, 4480 Broadway. The first group training session will be Aug. 17, but participants "will have some stuff they have to do before that," Asmann said.

"It's really fun to have a group to train with to share stories, help each get through this," she said. "The biggest reason is to prevent injury. You want to accomplish something like that, but you want to be able to walk the next day, and it's more fun with the rest of the group."

The cost is $25 a person, with all proceeds benefiting the Sammy Fund.

"It's another way to help raise money for a really good organization," Asmann said.

The 14th annual Sammy Fund Weekend will take place Oct. 12 and 13. The run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at Madison Park and winds through Quincy's East End Historic District.

The golf tournament and silent auction will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, at Westview Golf Course. Bidding on vacation packages begins at 9 a.m., and the tournament has a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m.

The events benefit the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund, established in memory of Samantha Otte, a 10-year-old Quincy girl who died in March 2000 after a liver transplant necessitated by cystic fibrosis.

Friends and family created something positive in honor of Samantha, daughter of Chuck and June Otte, by forming the Sammy Fund, a program working to raise money to benefit other children. The chief source of revenue is the Sammy Fund event, held each October since 2000.

The fund has distributed $215,000 since its inception in 2000.