Attempting a Half Marathon

by Gina Shell Now that winter weather is behind us, it’s time to start looking for the races, an that may include a half marathon. Maybe you have completed 5k’s, and maybe even a 10k. If so, let’s add some new challenge, and go for the half marathon. This distance is a great challenge for…

Read more

March 9, 2018

The purpose of the hill……

by Gina Shell If you are wondering how you can increase your intensity, try running hills.  Some runners will sprint up hills for speed work.  Others will choose a hilly course to train.  I know when members of my running group were training for a marathon, the long runs always involved a hilly course that…

Read more

March 3, 2018

Last Minute Carb loading Is Important to Running Success…..

by Gina Shell Runners need carbs. Pasta always has been known as the pre-race feast for runners, especially marathoners, to carbo load. Most marathons offer a pre-race spaghetti dinner the night before. Local restaurants in a “marathon city” will also offer night before pasta specials to runners. Carbo loading should not stop with the pasta…

Read more

February 23, 2018

Drink for survival……

by Gina Shell Drinking is a necessity for survival. When running in warm weather, you sweat. You also sweat in cold weather, especially if you are overdressed for the run. Regardless of the weather, too much sweating can and will cause dehydration. Your body temperature rises and performance drops when you become dehydrated. Too high…

Read more

February 16, 2018


by Gina Shell You can more easily relax when you eliminate outside distractions. This condition is true for any sport. Why do you think NFL teams stay in a hotel before a game (even a home game)? They stay in a hotel to try to stay as far away as possible from anything that can…

Read more

February 9, 2018

Four keys for balanced training….

by Gina Shell One must keep the role that training plays in their life in perspective. Runners should always maintain a healthy balance of involvement in the sport with overall life. Running should contribute to your growth as a person, promoting passion, patience, and humility. Running should add something to your life, not detract from…

Read more

January 26, 2018


by Gina Shell “I am very fired up mentally when the gun goes off. I may be calm and cool outside, but inside it’s like a cannon goes off when the gun sounds. I am ready to bring everything I have mentally and physically to the table.” (Pete Kain) Your intensity has an enormous influence…

Read more

January 19, 2018

What the Soles of Your Running Shoes are Saying…….

by Gina Shell How you run can be determined by the soles on your shoes. Stating it differently, how your weight is transferred from point to point along your foot can be seen in the way your soles wear. The soles of your shoes also could tell you why you got injured if you get…

Read more

January 12, 2018

Running and the Common Cold… Should I?

by Gina Shell Regular exercise may be the way to prevent oneself from getting a cold. Moderate activity is all you need. We can help boost our own immune system by improving our overall fitness. Runners have only half as many upper respiratory infections as the general population. If you have a strong training base…

Read more

January 5, 2018
speed work benefits for distance runner


by Gina Shell Every long distance runner should do speed work on a track. This training is especially important if you want to improve your times in races. Here are 10 reasons why the distance runner needs speed work training. 1. The most valid reason is for performance. It’s guaranteed to make you run faster.  …

Read more

December 22, 2017
  • Contact Us

    • Operating hours:
    • Monday thru Thursday: 5:00 AM - 9:30 PM
      Friday: 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
      Saturday: 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
      Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      (Labor Day to Memorial Day)
      Closed: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
      Closed at Noon: Christmas Eve, New Years Eve
    • Address:
    • One YMCA Drive, Uniontown, PA 15401
    • Telephone:
    • 724-438-2584
    • Fax:
    • 724-438-4503
    • Email:
  • YMCA Summer-Winter 2018 Program Guide

    Click here to download the 2018 Summer-Winter Program Guide.
  • Facebook

  • Child Watch

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:00 AM- Noon and 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM
    Wednesday 8:00 AM-Noon and 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM
    Friday 8:00 AM-11:30 PM
    Closed Saturday and Sunday

    The parent / guardian must remain in the YMCA
    Free for household members.
    potential members $5.00 per hour.
    (2hr. Maximum)

  • Tween Room Info

    Tween Room The Y space for youth ages 7 to 13 (based on space limitations at time of usage)
    Monday—Thursday: 4:00 - 8:00 PM Friday: 4:00 - 7:00 PM
    Closed Saturday & Sunday