It’s only May and there have already been a lot of great physical activity “firsts” in West Virginia. Here’s a quick recap of some of them to inspire you and get you thinking about something you could try!
Opening Day for Harrison Rail Trails
This newly formed rail-trail group is going strong! On April 16 they hosted a Spring Discovery Walk to invite people to walk on the rail-trail and learn about all the different things they can do on the trail, including meeting with a local cycling club, learning about geocaching, joining a “gratitude walking group” (more on this below), and learning about West Virginia flora from certified herbalists.
Check out their Facebook page for more information about what they’re up to next: www.facebook.com/HarrisonRailTrails/
Gratitude Walking Group
This brand new idea is just getting off the ground in Harrison and Marion counties.
The idea is, we spend so much time complaining about things; why not take 30-60 minutes to move and to think about all the things we’re thankful for? The weekly walks take place at different times and in different locations, so there’s probably one that fits your schedule. More info: www.facebook.com/wvgratitudewalk/
Anna Jarvis Elementary School Color Run
A color run, at an elementary school? Yes!
Anna Jarvis Elementary in Grafton organized their first color run fundraiser this year. On April 30, 2016 the Anna Jarvis PTO held its first AJ Mother’s Day Color Run. With 350 in attendance, the event was a roaring success. Mark your calendars for next year’s AJ Mother’s Day Color Run: Saturday, May 6, 2017.
West Virginia Bike Summit
The first statewide bike summit, organized by WV Connecting Communities, was held in Charleston on April 17-18. It included group rides, presentations about the best places to cycle in the state, and lots of great information about biking and health, quality of life, and economic development.
Ready to attend the 2017 summit? Stay up to date about what’s happening on WVCC’s website: wvconnectingcommunities.com/events.php.
Active Southern WV Bridge Day 5k, October 15, 2016
Okay, this one hasn’t happened yet, but it’s a very cool physical activity first…
This is the first ever, in history, running event across the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville! It benefits the Active SWV Kids Running Clubs. Start on the north side, and run across the bridge with a police escort in a closed lane. Exit the event onto open town streets, lap around the Fayetteville Town Park, and finish beside the Historic Fayette County Courthouse.
Pretty awesome. Heads up: due to tight Bridge Day event timing, no walkers are permitted this year.
Register now (like, right now – participation is limited to 100 runners).
Got a physical activity “first” happening in your area? Share the good news with the West Virginia Physical Activity Network!