Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

November 14, 2012

Arlington-Sparks returns to teach, run in YMCA Y-10

Lockport's Marathon Mom hosts Y-10 Training Class and plans to participate again.

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

LOCKPORT —  

Well, she isn't called Lockport's “Marathon Mom” for nothing.
Judy Arlington-Sparks returns this winter to not only train, but to compete as well in the annual Lockport YMCA Y-10 race that benefits Camp Kenan.
A past women's champion in the event, Arlington donates her time each year in a variety of ways to encourage not only new participants, but a healthy lifestyle overall. Beginning Monday, Arlington will teach her seventh Y-10 Training Class, which is geared specifically to each individual.
“The goal of the training class is to keep everyone active over the winter and to run the Y-10 race,” Arlington-Sparks said. “In the meantime, we're raising money for Camp Kenan and other charities.”
The annual Y-10 race is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at the Lockport Family YMCA, 19 East Ave. An informational meeting on the Y-10 Training Program is at 8 a.m. this Saturday at the YMCA (434-8887).
“This year is especially important to me because I haven't been running for a while and my goal is to get back out there and get right in there and complete the 10-mile course,” Arlington-Sparks said.
The Marathon Mom trains runners, many of whom have never participated in such events, to get into better shape and complete the course.
“Many people are surprised that they're able to run 10 miles after a 13-week program,” Arlington-Sparks said.
“I think people surprise themselves how well they do. I always tell people, 'The good news is we're not doing brain surgery. We're just putting one foot in front of the other.' Anyone can do it. We start slow with a walking combination and gradually progress to five or 10 miles,” she said.
All past Y-10 trainees — more than 100 locals — have met their goal of finishing either the 5K or 10K race event, said Arlington-Sparks, who also volunteers her time each year training Relay For Life race participants.
“I love running and I love to see the thrill on the faces of people when they finish and do something that they didn't think they could ever do,” Arlington-Sparks said. “I've made so many friends and I love to promote a healthy lifestyle.”
The cost of the Y-10 Training Class is $75, which includes registration to the race. All remaining money will be donated to either Camp Kenan or Gotta Kiss Cancer Goodbye, a not-for-profit organization which raises awareness about cancer, funds life-saving research and assists those battling the disease.
For more information, contact Arlington-Sparks at 622-5617.