By Wendy Sarubbi | October 29, 2010 12:00 am

Call it a UCF College of Medicine marriage of information and fitness. A team from the Harriett F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library began a walking/running program eight weeks ago and graduated together on Thursday with a 5K race.

Library Director Nadine Dexter and her husband Dex are both avid runners and organized the program. All 5K participants crossed the finish line in front of the College of Medicine and saw their times blinking on a race clock. Each runner/walker received a trophy – many that Dex had designed. One award contained a ceramic black bear, because Narcoossee (as in the main street running through Lake Nona) means “little bear.”

“We started the program because we wanted to practice what we preach about fitness, health and wellness,” said Nadine.

The wellness program continues, with walk/runs through the Health Sciences Campus on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Public Services Librarian Shalu Gillum endorses running, an activity she has done for 10 years. “Nothing gets me in shape faster than running,” she said. “When I run, it’s my time. I am alone to meditate with my thoughts.”

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