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Get in shape a step at a time with marathon clinic

Step by step and eventually a person can conquer a marathon if they want.
   That's the wayFred Hosillos helps people improve their endurance through a 12-week program called the Adventist Marathon Clinic. The program begins in Madras with a free seminar 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 at Aspen Court (470 Northeast Oak St.). A free walk/jog orientation follows at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at the Madras High track.
   "By using the word marathon, it makes me sound like a big shot," said Hosillos who has been conducting the clinics for more than 20 years. "Our goal is to get people out and active."
   Hosillos emphasizes his program has a very gradual buildup.
   "Instead of concentrating on miles, this program concentrates on minutes," Hosillos said.
   To that end, it starts out with 30-minute sessions three times a week. The program is actually divided into a trio of 12-week sessions.
   The first for beginners is designed for the "sedentary, non-athlete" to be able to complete a 5-kilometer or 10K walk/jog. This session extends from March 31 to June 24 with a materials fee of $40.
   The intermediate session is from June 30 to Sept. 16 with the advanced session from Sept. 22 to Dec. 9. Hosillos recently completed such a training session in Prineville last year.
   The intent of the three sessions, Hosillos said, is to continue to enhance a person's fitness. He emphasizes many of the people starting out don't intend to be marathon runners.
   "Our goal is for people to obtain the level of fitness they want," Hosillos said.
   His most recent success story, Hosillos said, were four mothers whom he called heavy. They started his program last April and were able to walk a half-marathon in August.
   "As a person's body develops strength, endurance and speed, it wants to do more," Hosillos said. "My role is to help you do what you want to without getting injured."
   His favorite success story is a Los Angeles woman who enrolled in his seminar with "no intention of being in a marathon. Now she's walked and jogged marathons in Seattle, Washington D.C., Paris and Prague."
   The seminars are sponsored by Aspen Court and the Madras Seventh-day Adventist Church.