The Cherokee campus of Western Iowa Tech is proud to announce the opening of a new program , which is free of charge and open to everyone in the community of Cherokee as well as neighboring communities.
A Walking Trail, with two different tenth mile routes, is now open for everyone's use. Mary Raveling, the Cherokee campus service coordinator, is very excited about this new community service, which welcomed its first participants on Friday.
Raveling first saw such a program at one of the buildings on the Sioux City WIT campus, where a walking path is used frequently by both students and the community. They even have formed a Walker's Club, which meets weekly and walks together as a group. After several months of planning and preparation,the paths have been set up. Both paths are on a flat surface, and should be easily tolerated by all . Maps of the walking paths are available on a table outside Raveling's office, along with water for walkers, and a "WIT Walkers" button (pictured), which was produced by Cherokee County Work Services.
Raveling said that additional paths may be added in the future-possibly even going through the auditorium or the conference center, when they are not being used for meetings or events.
She hopes the program will create more awareness of WIT and its "beautiful building."
She sees having a building where people can walk free of charge, free of icy conditions in winter and extreme heat, as a wonderful community service.
The trails will be available for everyone to use Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Walkers will have a log book at which they can sign in, if they choose, but it is not mandatory to do so. If you would like to take part in a contest, you must be logged in. The current contest will present an award to the first person to walk fifty miles (total - not necessarily in a single walk). The prize will be the winner's choice of a free, one-month gift membership to the local Curves for Women, or a W.I.T. t-shirt with an attractive, distinctive design.