Runners and walkers take on the Ice Age Trail for National Trails Day in Lodi

by Free Speech on June 8, 2010

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

contributed by Wendy Soucie

Lodi was host again this year to a National Trails Day event – The Mammoth Fun Run and Walk.  The National Trails Day theme this year is “Find Your Happy Place.” In the Scenic Lodi Valley, the Ice Age Trail for many is exactly that kind of happy place to hike, run, walk, go birding and just enjoy the outdoors.

Organized by Joanna Fanney of the Lodi Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, local volunteers turned out in force to help support this very family friendly event. The event itself has been going on since the establishment of the Lodi Chapter of the IAT.  At first a modest hike, and then in recent years with the addition of the 5K and 10K run it has grown even more popular. There is no fee for the event and there were door prizes galore provided by numerous sponsors.  I know of a few because even I won a door prize.  Mine included water bottles from REI and the  Lodi Medical Clinic, tasty Slack Jams and Jellies, and corn from Lodi Canning.  I did have some envy for the first place finishers who won a coffee mug and treats.

The 5K walk and run started from the Robinson Trail head off of Riddle/Lodi-Springfield Road. The 10K run started from Doctors Park in Lodi.  All races and the walk ended by crossing the IAT bridge from Veterans Park and running up the stairs.

An event like this brings out all sorts of volunteers. I found families filling up water bottles for the participants, high school students setting up cones, college students escorting the runners, seniors helping with registration, local retirees helping with water on the trail, kids making signs, local business owners cooking brats, athletes taking on the challenging hills. Yes, a little something for everyone in Lodi. Check out the videos to see for yourself how the event went.

If you search YouTube for National Trails Day, you can find some other very interesting events across the country that took place on Saturday.

What did you do for National Trails Day?

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