Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sun, beaches, merengue, and…marathons. Yup, you heard right. Santo Domingo happens to be home to a very active group of runners; or rather, a family of runners – Senda Corre. It all started about a year ago, when this intrepid group of runners decided that they would take on Pico Duarte – the highest peak in the Caribbean. They planned on reaching the top of the mountain to claim the glory of crowning the imposing peak together. Not all of the group members were active runners, so they needed to prepare for the challenge. To do that, the group started training together, and the enthusiasm spread. Senda Corre made its “official” debut at the 2014 Punta Cana Marathon. Members of the group look back on that day fondly. “We will always remember that moving moment when Walter Garcia reached the finish line of his first marathon, and almost everyone there kept chanting: Go Walter…Senda Corre!”. After that, it was all uphill. Literally, because they reached the summit as a team, and they plan on doing it again this year.
The group has now grown to over 60 active members, and they’ve been using our app to stay connected with each other while they get fit. A few of the members of Senda Corre were already using Endomondo to track their activity, but when they realized that they could create group challenges, it became the group’s fitness app of choice. One of their core members, Gledynthon, shared what makes him a fan of our app. “What I really like about it is that not only can I sync it with my wearables, but I can track my friends’ workouts live. Sometimes, when I don’t participate in one of our running events, I keep track of my teammates’ progress through Endomondo. It helps me know how long it will take them to reach the finish line, so I can meet them and cheer them on as they cross it.”
Finding a great community with which to get active is a definite boost in motivation. If you are in the Santo Domingo area and would like to reach out to Senda Corre, you can contact them via their Facebook or Twitter. They train together about 3-4 times a week, at the “Parque del Este” and “Parque Mirador del Sur”, so don’t forget your sneakers :)
Free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team