Family-friendly Earth Day run/walk draws good turnout

A fun run/walk held on Saturday, April 26 in conjunction with Earth Day festivities was geared toward families like Jan Serfass pushing her grandson Cash Heinert in a stroller, Karen Graves  and JT Prosser walking with his grandmother Annella Prosser. Patti Carpenter photo

A fun run/walk held on Saturday, April 26 in conjunction with Earth Day festivities was geared toward families like Jan Serfass pushing her grandson Cash Heinert in a stroller, Karen Graves and JT Prosser walking with his grandmother Annella Prosser.
Patti Carpenter photo

Forty participants turned out for a fun run/walk sponsored by the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce that took place during the Earth Day celebration last Saturday. The group included infants in strollers, joggers getting a quick 5K run in, and a friendly little beagle.

“I had hoped to create a fun, healthy event to go along with the Earth Day activities and I think I succeeded,” said Jackie Heinert, Chamber office manager. “Everyone was smiling and happy to get fresh air, and the weather was perfect.  I already have ideas for next year’s fun run, and I appreciate the Lovell Area Chamber members supporting my wild ideas.”

Heinert said she received a lot of positive feedback from participants after the event.

“Parents said they appreciated the opportunity to get out and push their kids in the strollers,” she said.  “Local businesses donated goodies and there were some fantastic cookies and treats made available to participants after the event. It also worked well to have it start before the Earth Day Festival, since many families lingered around after the run to check out the informational booths.”

This was the first year the Chamber hosted the fun run. Heinert said the Chamber is trying to sponsor or support more family-friendly activities like the run in the future.

“We want to do more of this because many people have mentioned how much they enjoy inexpensive, local events and because more people coming out for events also helps the local businesses,” said Heinert.

By Patti Carpenter

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