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West Union: Glow Run 5K Kicks off Fundraising for Good Sam Trail
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West Union: Glow Run 5K Kicks off Fundraising for Good Sam Trail

Residents of the West Union area community could benefit from the creation of a fitness trail at the north edge of town.

And now, a 5K glow run/walk on April 18 will kick off the fundraising for the construction of an exercise/fitness trail on property just east of the Good Samaritan Center.

Mark Borcherding, environmental services director at Good Sam, says he was mowing the lawn on the nine-acre property when he got to brainstorming ideas as to how some of the vacant space might be put to better use.

It's hoped that a 752-foot exercise trail will some day wind from the east entrance of the Good Sam, down the gradual sloping lawn to the 12-unit Cedar Court Apartments.

The estimated cost of the project is $60,000.

Borcherding, who joined Good Sam ten years ago as maintenance supervisor, says the project will entail installation of seven exercise stations, with three activities on each side of the board. Exercises will be designed to meet the skill levels of beginner to advanced. There are 159 exercises in all, he said.

The trail will be either a concrete or asphalt surface, and wheelchair friendly. "Our goal is to get our residents out there and use the area for therapy," said Borcherding.

Assisting with the fundraising, is Tessa Burgin, newly hired Director of Resource Development at Good Sam, currently training with Sharon Shaffer. Burgin previously worked in activities at the center, the last 1-1/2 years.

Burgin reminds participants in the upcoming Glow Run/Walk that registration forms are due April 3rd to assure receipt of a bright orange long-sleeve T-shirt and glow item. The cost is $30. Registration opens at 7:15 p.m., and the run/walk begins at 8 p.m., at 100 N. Vine Street. Registration forms are available at the Good Sam, Curves, Anytime Fitness, and other locations, or on Facebook.

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    Imagine Northeast Iowa Support
    A great event for a great cause! Thanks for posting, Janell!

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