SparkPeople.com Announces New Online Running Center

5K Training Plans, Virtual Races Highlight Enhancements to SparkPeople's Suite of Fitness Resources

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Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) February 17, 2011

Today, SparkPeople.com, America's largest weight loss website, announced that it has expanded its suite of fitness programs, features, and tools by adding a new online Running Center. The Center will include two major programs -- 5K Your Way training plans and Virtual Races -- along with dozens of new running articles, workouts, training tips, and supportive online teams.

"At SparkPeople, we're continuously improving the site by adding new features to help our users reach their goals free of charge," said Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer and Managing Editor at SparkPeople. "Running is a great form of exercise; a way for people to challenge their bodies, burn more calories, and reach new health and fitness goals. The Running Center creates a one-stop shop for starting or continuing a running program."

The Running Center's 5K Your Way program offers four different training plans to help participants run or walk a 5K based on their level of fitness. The plans provide weekly training emails, interactive calendars to track workouts, printable training plans, and support from other participants.

Designed to encourage participants to reach new goals and stay accountable, the Virtual Race feature allows them to compete against themselves and others by mapping their own routes, completing their races, and sharing their results on the site. Those who join now will be able to participate in the inaugural Spark Into Spring Virtual 5k (the week of April 10-16).

The Running Center is accessible at http://www.sparkpeople.com/running.

Contact:
Bruce Corwin    
bruce(at)sparkpeople(dot)com
Phone: 610-346-9627    
Mobile: 484-553-3951    

About SparkPeople.com
Headquartered in Cincinnati, SparkPeople.com is a multi-platform media and technology company with a network of leading health, fitness, and food websites. Its mission is to spark millions of people to reach their goals. SparkPeople is employee-owned, with one outside minority investor, AOL Founder Steve Case. According to comScore, SparkPeople.com was America's most visited and active weight loss website in 2010. With 26 employees and over 9 million members in more than 100 countries, SparkPeople, which is free to join, averaged 121 million page views, 4.8 million unique visitors, and 13.1 million visits monthly in 2010, according to Google Analytics. With features and content such as calorie counters, healthy recpies, and diet plans, SparkPeople's websites, including SparkPeople.com, SparkRecipes.com, dailySpark.com, Sparkteens.com, BabyFit.com, and SparkSavings.com, are attracting more than 200,000 new members a month. SparkPeople's Founder and CEO Chris Downie's book, The Spark, was a New York Times bestseller in 2010 and has just been released in paperback.

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