COLUMBUS, Ohio — Julie Wilkes, a Columbus-based fitness coach and motivator who overcame a life-threatening hearth condition as a young child, has been n amed Official Coach and Trainer of the 2011 Capital City Half Marathon.
“Julie brings a unique background and experiences in the fitness field that make her the perfect coach to guide the thousands of runners and walkers who are training for the 2011 Capital City Half Marathon,” race director David Babner said. “Our projected field of 15,000 includes everything from elite athletes to those competing for the first time, and Julie will have various helpful hints and training tips that will benefit all.”
Through her role with the Capital City Half Marathon, “Coach Julie” will blog at www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com as well as interact daily with runners and walkers on the Capital City Half Marathon Facebook page (www.facebook.com/capcityhalf). Julie will also answer questions posed to the @CapCityHalf Twitter account. She will then be a featured speaker at the first-annual Race Party Expo on May 5-6, 2011.
After overcoming a heart condition that originally gave her a life expectancy of 12, Julie has taught fitness/yoga/pilates classes for 15 years, and has a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from The Ohio State University.
Julie is the U.S. Wellness lead for Accenture, an international consulting firm. In addition, she owns her own fitness company and gives motivational talks across the globe and health and wellness lectures at national health conferences. She has made more than 15 fitness videos and plans to continue to motivate and inspire others through additional fitness videos, corporate wellness programs and speaking opportunities.
Julie has completed various marathons and half marathons around the country and has been the Corporate Wellness Lead for the Capital City Half Marathon.
Julie, owner of Julie Wilkes, Inc., was chosen by FITNESS Magazine as one of the Top 10 Champions of Health & Wellness '10 and received the Business First 40 Under 40 award.
The Capital City Half Marathon, founded in 2004, is among the largest half marathons in the Midwest. An estimate 15,000 runners will compete in the Capital City Half Marathon (13.1 miles), Capital City Quarter Marathon (13.1 miles), Commit To Be Fit Fun Run (3 miles) and the Kids Mascot Chase. All events will be held May 7, 2011 in downtown Columbus.
For more information or to register for the Capital City Half Marathon or related events, visit www.capitalcityhalfmarathon.com.