Latinas impacting the community: Viento, The Little Village running group

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]unning groups have begun sprouting in neighborhoods all over the city and thanks to Viento, Little Village is no different. Viento, which got its start in October of 2012, was founded by Christina Carreto, Yesenia Mariscal, and Carmen and Jessica Vergara.

Their mission is to empower the Little Village community to get into a more active lifestyle by promoting health, wellness and positive engagement.

“Yesenia [Mariscal] and I were sitting down one day and I was telling her how I wanted to start a [running group] in Little Village. I feel like Little Village needs it because it’s a great community,” said Christina.
After their initial talks, they reached out to other runners and started their meetings to figure out how to proceed. They set a date and time and began to promote it to see how many people would join the group.
“When we got to the [meeting spot], there were only four people there … but little by little people started coming in. I think we had around 20 – 25 people on our first night of running,” said Carreto.

Mariscal who works with children on a daily basis, states that the running group is very important for the community because of the lack of recreational spaces available.

“I see these kids who are overweight and struggling with [obesity] in a neighborhood where we don’t really have anywhere to work out. I’m also a mom … so it’s hard for me to find the time and support to work out so I thought it was a great opportunity for all of us to get together and give the community another option,” said Mariscal.

Viento is currently working with organizations like Beyond the Ball and will be a part of their El Grito 5k run.
Viento meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. inside Jacaranda, 3608 W. 26th street. All runners are welcome. Your speed doesn’t matter, just as long as you are active.

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