Pictured are LVAC members Sergio Tellez and Linda Rossi with their 10-year-old nephew Dominic Rossi, at the Light of Las Vegas Santa Run in November and again at the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon in December 2016. The Rossi’s are members of “Light of Las Vegas’, a nonprofit organization that is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with specialized needs who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as 5K’s marathons, triathlons, or road races. Their mission is to enhance the health and well-being of individuals with special needs and their families by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.
Eden Capsouto began the Las Vegas chapter of Light of Las Vegas, and when Linda, an accomplished triathlete heard of their work, she began enrolling her nephew Dominic who has cerebral palsy in various races. The kids and adults in the race serve as captains, and the adults who push them are called angels. What does Dominic think about being able to compete? Dominic’s mom shared, “MTT is an incredible blessing! Dom loves to go fast but is unable to do that without the help of an angel. Being able to feel the breeze on his face, spending special time with his favorite Auntie and Uncle makes him feel like a “typical” little boy if only for a couple of hours!” If you would like more information about Light of Las Vegas, go to lightoflasvegas.org
Alecia Fife pictured at left has been an LVAC instructor for nine years. She teaches BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK, CXWORX, Kettle Bell, H.E.A.T., and Sandbag. She is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who has taught elementary education for CCSD for 24 years. She loves to run marathons, and spend time with her family and friends. She says that her favorite thing about teaching at LVAC is “inspiring people to make lifestyle changes. That is what got me into fitness, so I feel like I am paying it forward and helping others.”
Leslie Peck has taught Belly Dancing at LVAC for over eight years. She has also performed in Las Vegas for 13 years, training regularly with Master Teacher Aradia, who performed at Celine Dion’s wedding. Leslie also loves making costumes for her students as well as professional dancers. Her favorite thing about teaching at LVAC is educating and teaching proper belly dancing technique and posture, which helps her students develop a strong core and achieve their weight loss goals. Leslie said, “I love inspiring people to move and stay in shape through the art of belly dancing. I’m proud to represent LVAC.”
Ingrid Radebe teaches Kick Box, BODYPUMP, Kettle Bell Power, Sandbag Express, MixxedFit, H.E.AT. An AFAA certified instructor, she has a bachelor’s degree in bio-kinesiology, and a master’s degree in physical therapy. She has taught group fitness classes at LVAC for 10 years and loves dancing, movies, and reading. Ingrid says, “LVAC is such a big, beautiful and well-equipped gym. I love being able to teach in the superior group fitness rooms, they have such excellent sound systems.”