Walter McCoy to lead county’s Couch Potato Running Club


Couch potatoes can get up and running with a six-week fitness program led by Olympic sprinter Walter McCoy and sponsored by Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.

McCoy will lead participants through exercises, walking and jogging from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 15 through Nov. 21 at Emory L. Bennett Veterans Memorial Park, 1365 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Orange City.

Gold medalist
McCoy earned spots on the U.S. Olympic track teams in 1980 and 1984 and won a gold medal as a member of the 4 x 400 relay team in 1984. He’s currently the track and field coach at Seabreeze High School in Ormond Beach.

“We’ll turn couch potatoes into runners,” said Joe Zarbo, the county’s recreation superintendent. “Our main goal is to create a safe cardiovascular program that will help them develop muscular endurance and improve stamina.”

For information, contact Zarbo at 386-736-5953, ext. 16702, or



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