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What started out asÂ a small handful of women training for the Tetterboro 5K has transformed into something far more impressive. Jersey Women Strong, based in Bergen County, is a running group but also a whole lot more. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or you’re training for your first 5K, Jersey Women Strong will welcome you with open arms and support you every step of the way.
The origin of the team truly took flight after they had trained for and successfully completed the Tetterboro race. Having felt an incredible feeling ofÂ success and wanting to capitalize on their experience, the group simply asked “What now?” That question led to the formation of Jersey Strong Women, a team that has blossomed to well over 150 runners & counting.
Dana White and Jennifer Capuzzo spearhead this inspiring collection of girl power. They cater to women of all ability levels as they feel their group provides a less intimidating setting for the novice runner. The collection of support from other teammates creates a true feeling of empowerment. “It’s a very supportive & upbeat environment for a new or experienced runner” shared Dana White when we caught up with her last week. To arm them for success, all new members receive a personalized training plan tailored to their individual goals and objectives.
In addition to their running efforts, they pride themselves on their community involvement. White explained; “Community outreach is a big thing for us. We think of ourselves as more than a running group.” They are supportive of dozens of community organizations such as Center For Hope & Safety, Healing Space and Oasis-A Haven For Women And Children. They proudly boasted that they recently raised more than $3,500 during a recent charitable initiative this past December. To compliment their philanthropic efforts, each month the ladies plan (at least) one social event such as a wine tasting or a dinner.
A dynamic schedule is a catalyst for their success as they meet for an official group practice on most weekends throughout the year. They also supplement their efforts with midweek plank training, hill workouts and track-work. These ladies never stop inspiring each other, and not just when they run together. By staying active via their social media support system, they provide that little extra motivation that all runners need.
The team marks their calendars for several iconic Jersey races and events each year. Atop their list are such events as: The Jersey Girl Tri, CGI’s Perfect 10 Miler, The NJ State Triathlon, The Long Branch Half and Relay & the Waldwick 5K.
Regardless of your experience level, if you’re a female from Northern NJ and want to be part of something truly amazing, be sure to check out their websiteÂ or FB page.Â They offer several seasonal membership options and they currently have their annual membership available right now (through the end of January) as well.
A special thanks to Dana White for the insight into the world of Jersey Strong Women. We truly applaud your efforts and wish you all the best with your upcoming racing season. We will certainly be cheering for you all….. from way behind you!