Ocean City Running Club
An alumnus of Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire School of Law), J. Christopher Llinas functioned from 2007 to 2015 as a corporate counsel for disaster recovery specialist Royal Plus, Inc., in Snow Hill, Maryland. An avid runner, Christopher Llinas has competed in numerous marathons, half marathons, and Ironman Triathlons and maintains membership with the Ocean City Running Club, for which he operates as the treasurer and provides pro bono legal services.
The Ocean City Running Club hosts two weekly runs for runners of all ages and ability levels. While some runners are inexperienced and looking to get some exercise, others are training for marathons or half marathons. Whatever the experience level, every runner is looking for the motivation that comes from running as part of a group. On Wednesdays, a group of runners gathers at the Ocean City Boardwalk. On Saturdays, the group runs through Ocean Pines and finishes at a local bagel shop.
Members are eligible for various discounts at events and for merchandise. They also receive exclusive access to comfort stations at select race events, invitations to social events, and a T-shirt.
A Maryland-based attorney, J. Christopher (Chris) Llinas brings more than 17 years of experience to his private practice in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and construction litigation. In his leisure time, J. Christopher Llinas enjoys membership with the Ocean City Running Club, and he competes as an endurance athlete in marathon races and Iron Man contests.
For runners of all skill level and experience, stretching plays an integral role both before and after running, whether in training or in a competition. The Ocean City Running Club offers the following four stretching suggestions:
1. Before a run, activate your muscles with dynamic stretching, such as swinging one leg back and forth while holding on to a handrail or a similar object. After about 20 repetitions, switch legs and repeat.
2. Finish warm up stretches with 10 walking lunges for each leg. Lunges entail taking an exaggerated step forward and then bending both knees to lower your body toward the ground. Rise and repeat by stepping forward with the opposite leg.
3. Following a training run or a race, assume a kneeling position and stretch your left leg out similar to a lunge. Assure you have your right knee planted on the ground and, with a straightened back, lean forward into your left hip. After holding this position for a minimum of 30 seconds, alternated legs and repeat the process.
4. Return to a standing position and find a nearby wall. Place the ball of your right foot against the wall while keeping the heel on the ground and straight leg. Lean forward to feel the stretch, hold for a minimum of 30 seconds, and rotate feet.