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Welcome to Richland Public Health (http://www.richlandhealth.org/)'s Meetup group for walkers throughout the county!

Just Walk Richland is a movement that encourages whole health walking in Richland County. Our walks are facilitated by trained walking leaders. The goal is to encourage individuals to walk for their own interests whether that is for physical, mental, or social benefits.

Whatever your reason, Just Walk Richland!

Upcoming events (5+)

Woods Fitness Hike at Stoller Road Trail

Stoller Road Trail

TYPE: Woods Hike| PACE: Fitness -- 3-4 mph on hilly terrain | TERRAIN: Woods trail with hills, pretty clear of vegetation, plenty of trip hazards | DIFFICULTY: Moderate | DISTANCE: 5 - 6 miles | TIME: Approximately 2 1/2 hours Meeting Location Details: Parking: Parking available at our meeting point described in "How to find us," above. Please note that the pin on the map may not be accurate. No restrooms Weather: Will be cancelled for severe weather (thunderstorms, high winds, torrential rain, dangerous temperatures, deep snow). Consider Bringing: • Comfortable socks and good traction athletic footwear (waterproof footwear as needed, preferably NON cotton socks), hiking poles (optional) • Light backpack w/water -- optional • Sunglasses, Sunscreen, Cap, Insect Repellent -- as needed • Wear many thinner layers depending on anticipated temperature (especially important for cold-weather hiking) and light rain gear just in case. Cancellation: Check back on this site for cancellation. Your RSVP acknowledges that you choose to walk at your own risk. You accept the risks inherent in participating in Just Walk Richland walks and release Just Walk Richland, it’s managers, members, leaders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected to Just Walk Richland from any liability in the event of injury and damages of any nature to you or anyone else cause by your participation in this walk. Happy Walking! Your host, Kate ([masked])

Parkrun 5K Run/Walk/Jog

North Lake Park

parkrun is an international organization that organizes weekly timed runs. The 5Ks are all inclusive to run, walk, or roll at your own pace. All ages and abilities are welcome! Register at http://www.parkrun.us/mansfieldoh/ to receive times results each time you participate! Every week grab a post parkrun coffee in Relax It’s Just Coffee!

Enjoy Nature Through Journaling at Malabar Farm State Park

Various Locations in/around Richland County

If you like to be outdoors, would like to learn more about nature through observation, can use a pen or pencil to make marks on a page, and are able walk on trails, then please join us! In nature journaling, you use drawing or photography along with writing to record what you discover during walks in the woods, in fields, along wetlands, or in your own backyard. We meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning of the month. Gorman Nature Center will be our "base of operations," but we will also go to other locations to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. At each get-together, we will mix it up. A little hiking, a little nature study, a little sketching and writing, a little sharing . . . This is for all ages and abilities. Children who have a genuine interest in nature drawing are welcome when accompanied and monitored by an adult. Materials are simple. Bring: 1. Paper -- a notebook/journal or loose sheets. (If using loose sheets, bring something firm to hold your paper while you draw/write, such as a clipboard or a folder. 2. Pen(s) and/or pencil(s). 3. Other art supplies are optional. You will also need to bring: 1. Something to sit on to protect you from the damp ground. (A garbage bag?) 2. Snacks and drink. Lunch is also a possibility. (If it's decent weather, we might plan to eat while on the trail.) 3. A backpack to carry it all. TYPE: Nature Walk| PACE: Conversational -- 2-3 mph | TERRAIN: Woods and/or open trail, some hills, possibly some mud | DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate | DISTANCE: 2 - 3 miles more or less | TIME: Approximately 2 hours (more if we have lunch together) Meeting Location Details: See comments. Breaks, Restrooms: Restrooms are usually available at our chosen locations. Weather: If the weather is nasty or dangerous for being outdoors, we may be able to do our nature journaling inside at Gorman Nature Center. If it's just raining, wear a rain gear and bring an umbrella because we'll be outside enjoying it. Also Consider: • Wearing comfortable socks and athletic footwear with good traction. • Wearing hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant as needed. • Wearing layers, depending on anticipated temperature. Windbreakers layered over fleece are good options if it's chilly. Remember, we'll be walking some of the time and sitting/standing some of the time. Cancellation: Check your email (if you're on the list) or Richland County Park District on Facebook for locations changes or cancellations. Your RSVP acknowledges that you choose to walk at your own risk. You accept the risks inherent in participating in Just Walk Richland walks and release Just Walk Richland, it’s managers, members, leaders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected to Just Walk Richland from any liability in the event of injury and damages of any nature to you or anyone else caused by your participation in this walk. Happy Journaling! Your host, Kate

Marvin Memorial Library Walk Series- New Shelby Fire Station

Marvin Memorial Library

TYPE: ​Walk​ | PACE: ​Conversational 2-3 mph | TERRAIN:​ Sidewalks/Walking Path | DIFFICULTY:​ Easy | TIME: ​1 hour We will meet at Marvin Memorial Library's Lobby. We will walk with Beth Conrad, Shelby Health Department, to the new fire station and take a tour. Meeting Location Details: Parking: ​Parking available at Marvin Memorial Library. Restrooms: ​Restrooms available before and/or after inside library Weather:​ Rain or Shine, will be cancelled for severe storms. Consider Bringing: - Comfortable socks and shoes (pref. NON cotton socks!) - Light backpack w/water and snack foods (almonds, bars, fruit) - Sunglasses & Sunscreen (and hat if you wear them) - Umbrella just in case. Cancellation:​ Will cancel due to high winds or thunderstorms. Check back on the site for status

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