Fred and Buffy Ostlund & Maureen and Dave Ward
This month, we congratulate Fred & Buffy Ostlund along with their daughter and son-in–law, Maureen & Dave Ward, as our December Members of the Month.
In anticipation of their fourth child graduating, Buffy was worried about the possibility of having “empty nest syndrome.” She wanted to have a plan in place to keep busy. It was January of 2000 when Fred decided to buy Buffy a 3 month global pass to the RMH Wellness Center hoping that this would provide her with the outlet she needed. Buffy was hesitant to join a gym, but she met several morning runners and settled into a routine of early morning workouts at the WC. At the end of Buffy’s global pass membership, Fred and Buffy joined the Wellness Center. Fred enjoyed playing basketball, and he joined the morning running group too! Just a year, later Fred and Buffy ran their first race, the Richmond Frostbite 15K. Since joining the Wellness Center, they have enjoyed yoga, spinning, swimming, and weight lighting. In addition, they have each run an incredible 5 marathons! They both qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon. Fred ran the 2013 Boston Marathon thankfully finishing the race shortly before the bombings occurred. Most recently, Fred and Buffy began participating in Metabolic Meltdown which they love. They agree that with personal trainer, Kim Durden’s, training and expertise, they have learned to exercise correctly.
Buffy is the Director of Marketing & Risk Management at Rocco Building Supplies, and Fred is a retired Chemical Engineer who provides contract work for Merck. In their spare time, Fred and Buffy own and operate The Ostlund Christmas Tree Farm in Singers Glen, VA.
Dave and Maureen moved to the Harrisonburg area about 3 years ago. Maureen is Buffy and Fred’s third child and only girl. Dr. Maureen Ward is a veterinarian at the Harrisonburg Animal Hospital. Dave earned his Master’s degree in counseling from Radford University; he is a counselor at Harrisonburg High School. They joined the RMH Wellness Center in April of 2011. Maureen enjoys running, swimming, and yoga. Dave enjoys playing basketball on M-W-F as well as playing community soccer.
Maureen is pregnant with their first baby girl, Avery. She is due on January 2, 2014! Dave and Maureen recently built a home on the family land, and they spend weekends helping at the Christmas Tree Farm.
Best Achievements to Date:
Qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Participating in a Half Iron “Lady” competition and placing 4th in her age division.
Hitting a hole-in-one on the 9th hole of one of Roanoke’s oldest golf courses. (112 yrd)
: Running her first half marathon-The Nike Women’s Half while 6 weeks pregnant!
Watching marathon runners cross the finish line!
: Running races and seeing the continued self-improvement throughout training.
Fred inspires me because he is old, he plays basketball, and he can run as fast as me!
Continuing to improve her fitness level and maintaining her weight during her first pregnancy!