Walking Lake Pepin 2018 starts on Sunday June 3 and continues for 10 week ending Saturday August 11. As in previous years Lake City residents are encouraged to sign up and commit to increasing their physical activity over the 10 week period of the challenge. This year's theme was chosen to highlight the health benefits of exercise and physical activity. "Exercise is Medicine" has been demonstrated in research studies resulting in prevention of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, dementia and premature death. Physical activity is powerful medicine leading to improved physical, mental and emotional wellness. Check out the sign up page to find out how to participate. Come join us. You will be glad you did.
Wednesday, June 7th. Join in with the first WLP group walk of the season. Come help celebrate 10 years of Walking Lake Pepin. Meet at the Lake City Marina Office at 6 pm. Mayor Mark Nichols will be leading our walk down to Roschen Park and back. Refreshments following walk. 😊👋💥🎂⛵👣🚶
Walking Lake Pepin t-shirts can be ordered at Treats and Treasures on Washington St. The shirt is a high performance material and has the 2017 slogan on the back; 10 YEARS I still love... Walking Lake Pepin.
The shirts are available in S/M/L/XL/2XL for $15. Payment required at time of order. Last day to order is Saturday, June 17.
When you stop in at Anytime Fitness to sign up for the 2017 Walking Lake Pepin Fitness challenge make sure you stop and take a look at the Pepie mural on the backboard as you enter. You can have your picture taken waterskiing behind Pepie if you stand at the "stand here" spot. Ralph Samuelson would have loved a tow from Pepie.
Pepie, Lake Pepin's monster, first made it's appearance in April 28, 1871. The native Dakota people that lived in the area refused to travel on Lake Pepin in bark canoes because of the large "creatures" that would rise from the depths of the Lake and puncture the thin bark skin of those canoes. They would only travel on Lake Pepin in more stout dugout canoes that were made by hollowing out a large log.
The mural was drawn by Brandy Geolat and is superb.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday June 7 when the first group walk is scheduled on the River Walk. We will meet at the Marina office at 6 PM and Mayor Mark Nichols will be on hand to help start the 10th Anniversary celebration of “Walking Lake Pepin”. Come join us and bring a friend.
Slogan: "80 Miles in 8 Weeks". We had 320 people sign up for the event with 150 turning in their log sheets. Total miles of log sheets turned in was 17,300 which is 216/ 80 mile trips around Lake Pepin.80 walkers walked over 100 miles and 18 walked over 200 miles. Pictures were taken of walkers in multiple locations around Lake Pepin. See Facebook post to view photos. What a great first time event.
Another fun group walk/hike at Frontenac State Park Thursday night. Walked a trail through the high meadow near the bluff top picnic area and even had some "deer" visitors. Beautiful evening with spectacular views of the Lake Pepin Valley. Enjoy Water Ski Days and we will meet again on Thursday, June 30th, at Underwood Park on 10th Street at 6 PM. We will walk over to the community gardens and then up Wabasha County 5 taking the paved trail for a loop in the Jewel. Hope you can join us. Thanks to Bob York for the great photos!
Twelve Walking Lake Pepin participants met out at Hok-si-la park last Thursday for a hike through the park, a campfire with S’mores and a tour of the new camping cabins by park manager, Joanne Klees. Three cabins have been built at the park this past year with the cooperative planning and funding of the Casey T. O’Neil Foundation and the City of Lake City. The cabins meet Americans with Disability Act specifications, sleep six, have heat and air conditioning and a fire ring for cooking outside. Joanne reported that they are rented for the summer most weekends, July 8 and 13 one cabin is open and the next availability is Aug 13. There are plenty of weekdays that the cabin is available for rent. Check with Joanne at the Hok-si-la Park office for details and all available dates.