A perk for all the books you read during the winter! Enter as many online or paper book review forms as you can between January 2nd and February 24th to be entered into a drawing to win a $30 Prairie Fox Books GIft Card and a $20 Jeremiah Joe Coffee GIft Card! Two winners will be drawn and notified after February 26th.
parkrun (spelled with a small p) is the world’s largest organized running activity, in which more than 1 million people participated last month alone. The weekly, free 5K run/jog/walk came to Heritage Harbor, in Ottawa on June 10th, 2017. In the U.S., parkrun is spreading to the midwest, with arriving in Ottawa after opening earlier this year in the communities of Mansfield, Ohio and Eagan, Minnesota.
parkrun is uniquely inclusive – a free, weekly, volunteer-led event welcoming walkers, joggers, dogs on leashes, families with strollers and people with special needs. In Ottawa at Heritage Harbor it is being created by local resident volunteers led Pierre Alexander and Tammy Barry.
Every Saturday in 15 countries around the world (and nine locations in the U.S.), 200,000 people or more gather in their local parks, typically at 9 am, rain or shine, for a 5 kilometer parkrun. Participants receive an email with their time results an hour or two afterwards.
The first parkrun was started in a London park by Paul Sinton-Hewitt, CBE, an IT expert and amateur runner, who has received an Ashoka Fellowship for social entrepreneurship and was granted a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth honoring his parkrun achievements. For Sinton-Hewitt, parkrun is as much about building communities as running.
As of 2017, 3.5 million people have signed up for parkrun, with more than 10,000 new participants weekly. In the US, parkruns began in 2012 in Livonia, Michigan. By the end of June, there will be 12 parkruns in the U.S., including Heritage Harbor.
The American Cancer Society is partnering with parkrun US to promote healthy lifestyles. According to the Society, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk include being physically active on a regular basis and getting to and staying at a healthy weight throughout life. Physical activity is an important component of weight control. Running has been associated with numerous health benefits, notably, the potential to extend life by seven years. By removing obstacles that keep people from physical activity and contact with parks, parkrun is helping them live healthier, happier lives. Therefore, the American Cancer Society has endorsed parkrun to help increase the number of participants and events across the US.
Joe Jacupcak is back at Nell’s Woodland for a tour of the 58-acre oak woodland preserve. Please join us on February 10, for a guided nature walk by nature enthusiast Joe Jakupcak.
We hope to see you at Nell’s Woodland for our guided tour. This guided walk will be about one mile in length and will conclude in about 1 hour. Kids and families are welcome! We encourage people of all ages to join in the experience of this wonderful winter season. Enjoy a walk in the woodland with breaks to listen to Joe’s autumn facts, plant observations, and wildlife. We look forward to seeing you in the woodland. For additional information please contact us via phone at 815-331-1078 or by email at [email protected]. Spaces are limited! To register please use our Eventbrite.
Meet Your Guide
Marseilles native Joe Jakupcak is a hike leader at prominent ecological sites in the Starved Rock region, including Starved Rock Lodge and Dayton Bluffs Preserve. Joe also is a tour guide at Starved Rock Marina and is the narrator of sightseeing tours on the Ste. Genevieve Riverboat. Joe holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MEd in Science Education from the University of Missouri Columbia. With a career in science education spanning 39 years, Joe is known for infusing his understanding of geology and passion for teaching into his hikes, all of which are excellent educational opportunities for all ages. We are excited to bring Joe’s extensive knowledge, expertise, and devotion to the ecology of the Starved Rock region to Nell’s Woodland this winter.
Illinois Valley PADS is joining in the homelessness awareness national event.
Register to walk or form a team of walkers for one mile.
EVERYONE is welcome! Coldest Night of the Year is family-friendly- participants range in age from toddlers (with parents of course) to active seniors.
Online registration at: https://cnoy.com/
There goal is to raise $20,000.
By walking in the cold, you’ll feel a hint of the chalenge faced by those experiencing homelessness during winter. By fundraising, you’ll be contributing much-needed money for Illinois Valley PADS. Join IV PADS as together we bring hope and help to people in your community who need support.
5:00pm- Send off
6:00pm- Light meal provided
7:00 pm- Conclusion