Running injuries aren’t fun, but learning to prevent them can be, especially when there’s wine, prizes and socializing involved. Divas Night Out, scheduled for Thursday, combines all these elements in an informative evening.

“We’re very fortunate to have Dr. Nicholas Cretien presenting a short talk on preventing knee and back pain while training,” event organizer Trelle Vernon-Cole Dandridge said.

Dr. Cretien, a sports chiropractor, will explain how to identify and treat soft-tissue problems before they escalate to injuries that affect training. Cretien is the author of a new book, “Mobility: A Step-by-Step Guide to Treating Musculoskeletal Pain Yourself.”’

In addition to learning about injury prevention, attendees at Divas Night Out will get an overview of the Run Like a Diva 5K and Half Marathon, a women-focused race with an annual event in Galveston. The 2018 Run Like a Diva race takes place on April 22.

“It’s a fun race. It celebrates women and has great swag,” Dandridge said.

Dandridge is the local ambassador for the Run Like a Diva series, and will have discounted registration available at Divas Night Out.

“Part of being an ambassador is reaching out to both runners and people who aren’t currently active, but interested,” Dandridge explained. “If they’ve never run, we can help them get started. If they want to walk the 5K, we can help them. Our goal isn’t just preparing for one race, it’s developing a lifetime activity.”

Divas Night Out will be held at Health Matters Sports, 3622 85th Street (the former Studio 85), from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

“As people arrive, everyone gets a ticket, and at the end we’ll draw tickets for door prizes,” Dandridge said. “We have some great door prizes, including free registrations to the Santa Hustle and Run Like a Diva and a one-hour massage, and even if you don’t win a prize, everyone gets a discount on Run Like a Diva registration.”

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