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The Insiders: This program will have you on the run (in a good way)

When people ask us how long a 5K is in miles – a question we obviously get all of the time – we usually go with the official conversion of “way longer than we feel like running.” Turns out the more accurate conversion is 3.1 miles, for those keeping score at home. Also, our answer is no longer acceptable anyway, because today is the start of the “5K, Yes I Can!” program with the Concord Parks and Recreation Department.

The program is designed to motivate and offer training tools and other support, including nutrition advice and a guide to proper recovery, for anyone interested in running – no previous experience is necessary. The goal is to complete a 5K at the end of the program, which meets twice a week – Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m. – into early June.

Meet the group at the East Concord Community Center, and do much of the training across the street at Merrill Park.

Instructors Erin Girzone and Peter Larson are there to kick your butt as gently or aggressively as necessary to motivate you to reach your goal. (Note: butt kicking is figurative. Probably.) The program costs $90 and is open to anyone 16 or older, or under 16 with a paying adult. For more information, visit concordnh.gov/recreation and click on “adult programs.”

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Looking to run somewhere else today? Might we recommend Red River Theatres, which will be showing more films as part of the sixth annual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival. Zaytoun (which does feature mature content and some violence) will be shown at 1 p.m., with Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story at 4 p.m.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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