Westlake Walkers take part in five-month marathon

Karen Novak, Frank Novak, Carol Riordan and Carolyn Alexander trek along a path in Rocky River Park.

A group of about 20 adults from Westlake Center for Community Services have begun a marathon that will end in four months. What began in early June will continue twice a month at designated areas and then walkers will add a few extra miles on their own to complete the required twenty-six-plus miles.

This year marathon walkers will meet at Cahoon Park in Bay Village, Sandy Ridge in North Ridgeville, Elmwood Park in Rocky River, St. John Medical Center and Clague Park in Westlake, Kopf Family Reservation in Avon Lake and French Creek Reservation in Sheffield. Although the trek has begun, interested walkers may join the group at any time and either catch up on the race or walk for fun and enjoyment.

This is the fifth year Westlake Center has offered such a marathon with the 2013 theme “Build a Better You.” Past marathons have included the Underground Railroad, Westlake Bicentennial neighborhoods and a Golden Marathon when park staff and healthcare professionals presented topics ranging from physical activity to hydration and diet.

Each year this event includes visual ways in which the marathon is tracked and completed. Because the event began with fresh bagels and cream cheese from Westlake’s Bruegger’s Bagels and will conclude with a coupon for a free Bruegger’s Bagel Sandwich, it seems appropriate to build a sandwich…that would be paper representations of items such as the bagel, cheese, ham, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion and condiments displayed on the Center’s bulletin board. This builds excitement from onlookers who may want to participate yet this year or next.

In addition to the coupon, the conclusion brunch, provided by Manor Care, will include certificates and awards. Westlake Center has a year-round walking group, inside and out depending upon the season. If interested, call the Center at 440-899-3544.

Joyce Able Schroth

Director, Community Services Department, City of Westlake

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 10:01 AM, 07.09.2013