When truckers run, it’s not always on 18 wheels. More and more, it’s on two feet and close to anywhere they can park a big rig. But while more truckers are making lifestyle changes to improve their health and fitness, some still struggle with obesity and the serious diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
The Truckers News/Fit for the Road Big Rig Run 5K shines the spotlight on the state of truckers’ health and demonstrates how even small changes to diet and exercise can result in big payoffs. Scheduled for 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, at Katy Trail (www.katytraildallas.org), the event welcomes truckers and exhibitors in Dallas who are attending the Great American Trucking Show. Local Dallas area runners and walkers also are encouraged to participate in the 3.1-mile event.
Long-haul trucker, marathoner and Fit for the Road columnist Jeff Clark will be on hand to participate in the run and to discuss how he fits fitness into a schedule that includes up to 14-hour workdays and more than 100,000 miles per year on the road.
Interested runners and walkers can register at www.bigrigrun.com. The registration fee is $15 and includes a Big Rig Run T-shirt, optional transportation to and from the run, a goody bag and snacks. First- through third-place medals will be awarded for top male/female finishers in three age groups. Participants who hold a commercial driver’s license will be eligible for Fastest Male/Female Trucker awards.
The event is sponsored by Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, John Christner Trucking, Right Weigh, Swift Transportation and TA/Petro. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in support of Truckers News’ efforts to encourage truckers to be on the lookout for missing children.