Three generations of the Cline family work out at Lowe's YMCA.
Libby Cline, her daughter Amy Oliver and her granddaughter Taylor Lee spend at least four days a week there.
"We are the YMCA," said Oliver, who teaches preschool and supervises children in the Childwatch program. While her mom interacts with preschoolers, Taylor volunteers with elementary youngsters.
On those days Cline goes to spin class. Twice a week, the trio heads to Holly Bosman's Total Body or Cardio-Ballistic classes.
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Before a Wednesday workout, they talked and joked with friends. As the room filled, Taylor gathered weights and claimed a front-row spot. She's amazed that her grandmother lifts 10- and 12-pound weights.
Cline and Oliver took their usual second-row places and focused on Bosman's instructions. The intensity quickened, but no one's smile faded.
Cline and Oliver have long been exercise buddies, but Oliver had not exercised consistently. She committed to a program in November 2009. Recently, Taylor joined the group. She is the youngest participant; Y rules allow those 10 or older to attend with a parent.
When they are away from the Y, Cline mows and trims her yard while Oliver, a single mom, gets a workout taking care of her children. Taylor enters competitive horse shows.
On Saturdays, they attend church together. Sundays are reserved for lunch at Cline's.
"We're a family," said Oliver. "We work together."
Girls on the Run update
On Dec. 4, 185 elementary and middle school girls, with 185 running buddies, filled the Walnut Street parking lot at Mitchell Community College.
Plummeting temperatures did not dampen their enthusiasm, as girls danced and spray-painted their hair before the beginning of the New Balance Girls on the Run 5K.
"Come on, you can do it!" was the day's chant as walkers and runners hit the streets. Teams from Lowe's YMCA and Park View, Woodland Heights and Lake Norman elementary schools were among the participants.
Summer Hazlett of the Y's middle school team was the first runner across the finish line in the noncompetitive race. Kenny Hazlett, Summer's dad, team coach and buddy, combines his love of running with teaching.
Coaches Lindsay Ferro and Beth Mical have seen their Park View team grow from nine girls last year to the maximum 15. "The program teaches the girls to be positive about themselves and instills self-confidence," Mical said.
"I love the curriculum and whole program," said Woodland Heights coach Teresa Gilland. "Running is totally secondary."
"It fills up pretty fast," said Lake Norman coach Desiree Beaulieu.
The race was open to the public, so a friend and I walked the course. The joy and empowerment were contagious.
Some girls walked more than they ran. Others held a buddy's hand for encouragement. But each was proud of her accomplishment at the end.
Tanya Kummerow, council director, said spring registration is Jan. 26-Feb. 2. The first Girls on the Run meeting is Feb. 7. The season will end with a 5K on May 14.
Mooresville Artist Guild
The Mooresville Artist Guild's annual members' holiday show runs through Dec. 29 at the Depot at Main and Center streets. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.