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Local woman prepares for her second annual Starlight Run 80 pounds lighter this year after completing Legacy Health's 5k training program in 2014 - 03/23/15
March 23, 2015 (Portland, Ore.) - Kim Lowry, like many other adult men and women, was busy with work, family and life in general. By the end of the day, the idea of exercising fell to the bottom of her 'To-do' list. Her sedentary lifestyle was affecting her overall health as she found herself on the verge of becoming a diabetic - she knew she had to make a change.

On April 9, 2014, after a visit to her doctor's office, Kim, logged onto Facebook and saw a post by Legacy Health about the its annual training program. Kim immediately signed up for Legacy Health's Couch-to-Starlight 5k Training Program at the Meridian Park location in Tualatin, filling the very last open spot. Kim knew she needed a program that would guide her and provide a sense of camaraderie and support. In her first day in the program, that was what she found. Instant connections with other runners and the instruction she needed by physical therapists that understood how to get her started and push her to succeed.

Kim was determined. Having been overweight for years, one of her goals was to get fit enough to run with her husband. She knew she couldn't miss even a week. Six weeks later, she ran the Legacy Health Starlight Run with her husband in tow. A year later, Kim has competed in multiple races, lost over 80 pounds, runs around 20 miles per week and just finished her first half-marathon, with her second coming in April. She has 20 more pounds to go before she hits her target weight and plans to sign up for the program again this year, which launches on Monday, March 30th, 2015.

Now healthier and happier than ever, Kim knows what it takes to get started. She never ran before entering the program last year. She didn't think she could do it but by getting off the couch and taking one day at a time, she has accomplished over 477 miles of running and plans to break 500 miles soon - all in her Legacy Health blue t-shirt.

About Legacy Health's Couch-to-Starlight 5k Training Program
Legacy Health's Couch-to-Starlight 5k training program trains participants of ability levels to cross the finish line of the Legacy Health Starlight run on May 30, 2015.

Couch-to-Starlight is an 8-week training program led by a team of Legacy Health's physical therapists that gives participants the necessary tips, tools and motivation they need to run the best and safest race possible. Training groups meet in Downtown Portland, West Portland, Tualatin, Troutdale and Vancouver, Wash., for weekly group workouts and informational sessions where participants learn about the following topics:

* Shoe analysis - read our shoe selection FAQ
* Dynamic warm-up
* Stretching for injury prevention
* Tips to strengthen your lower body and core
* Proper running form - read our running form tips
* Equipment
* Nutrition and hydration

About the Legacy Health Starlight Run
The 37th annual Legacy Health Starlight Run is on May 30, 2015. An estimated 8,000 runners participate in a 5k (3.1-mile) run that travels the Portland Rose Festival's Starlight Parade route. This year's run benefits Legacy Rehabilitation Services, which provides a wide range of therapies to child and adult patients. Legacy's Rehabilitation staff offers expertise in sports medicine/injury prevention, orthopedics, neurological, cancer, speech and burn rehabilitation. This continuum of services is offered in both outpatient clinics and hospital settings.