CALDWELL, NJ — At the weekly lunch meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, members learned about the benefits of running from a member who experienced it first-hand.

During the June 16 meeting at the Cloverleaf Tavern, member Paul Featherstone also gave tips for those interested in preparing for a marathon.

Featherstone is a financial expert working out of New York who has trained for numerous races, including the NYC Marathon. His tips included how to prepare for marathons, and the general benefits of running.

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Featherstone used his own experience as an example: he lost 60 lbs over six months when he started.

The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex encourages members of the community to join the club and support our hands-on community service projects. It is an active club with many kinds of service and fundraising project activities for all desired levels of participation.

Lunch meetings are at the Cloverleaf Restaurant every Thursday at 12:10 p.m., except the last Thursday, which is at the Newman Center-Caldwell University at 6:30 p.m.

Participation in these service projects, according to Kiwanis, is a unique way to serve the community. Membership is not required to participate. For more information, visit