LANSING | A group of drama students at Illiana Christian High School are enjoying time off the stage together by forming a running club.
After completing four performances of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” from March 7-9, seniors Hannah Limback and Jenn Krygsheld wanted to spend more time with their castmates and stay active at the same time.
Limback found an app, Couch Potato to 5K, and the two started a running club of the same name.
"It's been one of my favorite memories of high school," said Limback, who has lost nearly 30 pounds during the school year, five of which she lost in the last six weeks through running.
About 20 students would meet three times a week, starting out slow at first following the nine-week program outlined in the app.
They prepared for the Pancake Pacer race on April 27, a fundraiser for the school's athletic department.
"We wanted to get fit and we wanted to show the sports people we support them," Krygsheld said.
The group has not chosen another race but Limback plans to run in an October race in Oak Park, while Krygsheld said she's going to run a race over the summer.
Limback feels she's grown closer to her fellow drama students and loves the feeling she gets from exercising regularly.
"I've learned when you are fit and healthy you feel better than when you are not," said the 18-year-old.
Nowadays, many of those in the running club continue on their own, as time is constrained due to exams and other extra-curricular activities.
They train at local parks, such as Lan-Oak or Van Laten, about three days a week.
"They're committed to it," Limback said.
Krygsheld said while she ran track as a freshman, she's never been quite as fit as she is now.
"Being together with the whole group is awesome and it's much easier to run with them because we encourage each other and support each other."