MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Sunday September 20, 2015 at 9 a.m., the first annual girls, guts, glory off­road duathlon will bring women of all ages together to run or hike the trails and ride mountain bikes in rugged, leafy Lewis Morris County Park to raise awareness and donations for the Mental Health Association of Morris County.

Louis A.Schwarcz, MA, President and CEO of MHAMC says “The Mental Health Association of Morris County is proud to partner with the new girls, guts, glory duathlon in support of our great cause: helping people with mental illness and their families by providing programs and services which bring them hope and support when they are most in need.”

 “Girls, guts, glory will give all participants, volunteers and donors a chance to experience the outdoors, tackle physical challenges and forge new social connections – all essential to individual wellness", explains event creator, Rod Murray.

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This unique 3­stage timed event is open to individual women and relay teams. There will be special recognition for mother/daughter, BFF and sisters’ teams. girls, guts, glory consists of a 1.5 mile run or hike, 6 mile mountain bike ride and repeat of the 1.5 mile run/hike. Maps and details are posted at www.girlsgutsglory.com

The course will be dirt road and trails with hills for all three stages. For women wanting to get more comfortable with Lewis Morris County Park, early registrants will be invited to a pre­ride of the mountain bike course and a preview trail run/hike.

Registration: ​Advance online registration is $70 through Thursday, Sept. 17 th via www.girlsgutsglory.com . ​Onsite day­of­event registration is $80 and opens at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept.20 th .

Questions?​Email the organizer at girlsgutsglory@gmail.com or phone 937­270­0349

 

About Rod Murray:

​Rod Murray owns body4life fitness center in Morristown and is co­author of the soon to be released book Dynamic Flexibility: A Guide to Foundational Fitness, further information at www.dynamicflexibilitybook.com. Among his credentials Rod is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist and Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, a specialty certification to empower those who are challenged by physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. CIFT credentialed individuals give clients the knowledge base and support to lead a healthy and comfortable life style. Rod is also a USA Cycling coach, among his many coaching highlights, past coach at the USA Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, with the US Paralympian cycling team, past coach of the Princeton University Cycling Team. Most of all Rod enjoys and appreciates helping people of all ages and abilities find their way to physical health and “functional well­being” in whatever way works best for them.

About the Mental Health Association of Morris County:

​Founded in 1953, the MHAMC is a 501©(3) non­profit organization that works to promote mental health and to support and empower people in recovery from mental illness through effective services, education, and advocacy. MHAMC is a community resource for individuals with mental illness and for their friends and family. One of many successful offerings is the “Peer to Peer Warmline” available to provide telephone support from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., when many other services are not available. MHAMC helps people move to self­sufficiency in creative ways and provides training and jobs support. 42% of their own staff have faced a mental health issue and bring a unique level of empathy to their work. For more information on the Mental Health Association of Morris County, please visit www.mhamorris.org or call 973­334­3496 ext. 107