Hi all. I need your help to help Alex who has been a great "driver" of fitness and health in his home town.
I met Alex in 2011 in the Hatfield McCoy marathon in West Virginia. He warmly welcomed me at the end and since then, I have watched his running progress from Strength to Strength thru to his health campaigns in his area to inspiring others to get fit.
You see Alex lives in West Virginia which has a high prevalence of obesity and is in fact the fourth obese state in the US. West Virginia also has the second highest rate of physical inactivity at 31% of the adult population. (http://www.fasinfat.org/states/wv/)
Up until 2008, Alex was part of that statistic and looked likely to follow in his parents' health footsteps: heart problems and type II diabetes.
With being fitter, Alex found a new confidence and wanted to be able to encourage others to get out of the spiraling circle of obesity and poor self image.
In 2012, the number of adults with obesity in West Virginia increased to 33.8% up from 27.7% in 2003. With the rising trend, Alex joined Mingo Coalition Diabetes to encourage his local community into health and fitness as well as became involved in volunteering and supporting fitness events. You will see him as a volunteer or as a Race Director in a number of running events in the Williamson area.
Because he turned his health life around, discovered a running community that has supported him and now helps others change their "health life" so they can also be rewarded with life changes. After all it isn't just about the money you make, nor
is it how long you live, it is about the positive change and difference you can make. Alex has helped so many others to make
that life change.
So am asking you to help him be awarded the Runner's World Cover for December by simply voting for him using your facebook or twitter account. You can vote for him at the following URL: http://covercontest.runnersworld.com/entry/548/
Please vote for him daily until 15th August.
Let's encourage a community to be proud of its member and to inspire them to take the journey to health and fitness.