Friday, March 23, 2012

Trail Safety

This is Mary S. who has logged thousands of miles on the area trails biking or running. The recent attack on a female jogger has caused me to sprint into action. A few comments I made to running friends on Facebook regarding the need to support the victim with a charity event and keep the trails safe has rallied a group of area fitness enthusiasts to host a Trail Safety event this Saturday at Pfeiffer Park in Cedar Falls. This is will be an opportunity for us to share safety tips so we can continue to feel secure while we enjoy the treasures of the local trails. We have also started the “Trail Victim Donation Fund” to support the young student who required emergency medical care because of the attack. Walkers, cyclists and runners are all welcome to join this event. Anyone who would like to donate can mail a donation to Wells Fargo, c/o Trail Victim Donation Fund, 3065 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo 50702 or drop it off at any Wells Fargo location.

I don’t know the victim, but I know the joy of a quite run in a beautiful park. I can imagine the emotions of having a therapeutic run turn into a trauma. I don’t want my friends and patients who are trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle to avoid exercising because of fear. In all my miles the scariest things I have encountered in our trail system were hungry skunks, dashing deer, slithery snakes and a darting chipmunk which led to a crash. It will be a good idea to take the cell phone on the trails and hopefully I will only have to use it to report bluebell or more bald eagle sightings.

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