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Lanza says she can now climb and hike farther than her two teenage sons. "It makes it easier to continue to be active because you have a group of people to motivate you. I love the social aspect of the meetup." Holland agrees that in addition to helping people get in shape, many members have made close friends through the group. "It's great to do something inexpensive and proactive to help people be healthy," he says. "But the social aspect of the group is definitely another reason why people keep coming back." The Charlotte Piedmont Hiking Club will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year. Events are usually free or low cost, and members are asked to pay an optional $5 annual fee to help with meetup costs. Ballantyne Ruck currently meets Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8 at the greenway trailhead adjacent to Pike Nurseries in the Toringdon Circle Shopping Center. Interested participants may sign up online at by searching for Ballantyne Ruck. Above: Whether training to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro or simply improving fitness, Ballantyne Ruck members praise the workout and the socializing. Left: Sri Ram Padavala has increased his endurance through rucking and now leads group hikes as well. Below: Kim Shepherd says the group has helped her get back into hiking after a shoulder injury. Organizers track the weight of each hiker's backpack with the goal of increasing the weight a little each week. BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 90 Who Knew?

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