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NEWS RELEASE
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2017

Contact:
Program Manager, Lyle Russell, 455-1121
Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks, 455-2648

Mayor challenges citizens to “Walk to the State Parks”

Mayor Lane Curlee is encouraging Tullahoma area citizens to join him in a “Walk to the State Parks,” and not even leave Tullahoma. Tennessee has 56 unique state parks, 1100 miles of hiking trails within those parks, 36 campgrounds, 365 cabins, and over 80 waterfalls to see! Lace up your shoes and start walking on Tuesday, September 19th. “We’re encouraging businesses, churches, families and friends to get a team together and join this Get Fit! Tullahoma and Parks and Rec initiative,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. The program is made possible by the sponsorship of these generous businesses: Tennova Harton and Healthier Tennessee Communities. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Each team will have 6 members with a team captain and team name. The Walk to the State Parks will last eight weeks. Each week, the Team Captain will collect the number of miles walked from each team member and email the number of miles walked to lrussell@tullahomatn.gov. The miles turned in will be on the honor system. There will be prizes for all participants and prizes for the team that Walks to the State Parks the quickest, plus the team with the most miles walked, and other categories.

In addition, each walker will receive a weekly e-newsletter with results, fitness tips encouragement to keep walking. “The previous Walk Programs have been so successful. To keep it fresh, we teamed up with the State Parks and created a whole new program that’s different, but models the others we’ve done.” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Kurt Glick.

The route starts at Tim’s Ford and ends at Henry Horton State Park. A finale celebration is being planned and will be announced in the e-newsletter with a date and time. There will be food and live entertainment available while awards are announced.

The program starts September 19th and ends October 23rd. Each person decides when, where and how long they want to walk each week. And there is a chart that equates other activities to walking. So if you want to bike, do aerobics, swim, or play other sports, you can join the competition. Each Thursday at 6 p.m. during the eight week program, walkers are encouraged to meet at Frazier-McEwen Park and walk the greenway. A different local community personality will lead the walk each Thursday.

“Gov. Haslam has recognized Tullahoma as one of the two Healthier Tennessee communities in middle Tennessee. We are proud of that recognition and want to keep the momentum going by encouraging more people to be more active. This is a perfect opportunity for the not-so-active person to start entry-level fitness by walking,” said Curlee.

There are many benefits to walking, including getting fit, losing weight, meeting new people, developing a healthy habit, having fun, decreasing blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and more.

For more information and to register, complete an individual registration form at: https://form.jotform.us/72335123844150 or http://www.Tullahomatn.gov . It will automatically send Parks your individual registration and what team to place you on, or email the program manager at lrussell@tullahomatn.gov.