by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL
Seeking to honor a man whose very name is synonymous with the linear trail systems of West Michigan, the Board of Directors of the Friends of the White Pine Trail (FWPT) have decided to change the name of the annual New Year’s Day Walk to the Fred Meijer New Year’s Day Resolution Walk.
“Yes,” said Dave Heyboer, chairman of the FWPT, “Fred was a great man who loved the out-of-doors. His face would glow when he talked about the trail system that he so very much loved and generously supported. Changing the name of the annual White Pine Trail Resolution Walk was the very least we could do to honor the memory of a generous benefactor. Thank-you Fred.”
With that in mind, plan on attending and celebrating the arrival of new year 2012 with a brisk four-mile walk during the 11th annual, newly renamed, Fred Meijer New Year’s Day Resolution Walk.
Yes, it’s Sunday morning and it may conflict with one’s church services but consider, what better a way to commune with God than in a prayerful, meditative and reflective walk with the Lord.
Last year’s event saw a record turnout of upwards of 400 people on hand for lively fellowship and a little exercise with friends and family, along with other fellow trail walkers many with leashed dogs on the beautiful Fred Meijer White Pine Trail.
As usual, the walk will kick-off promptly at 10:00 a.m. from the Rockford Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford and proceed north to 12-Mile Road, and then return to the cozy and warm confines of the Pavilion where light refreshments will be served along with water and hot beverages. In keeping with a desire to play a role in community events, Store Director Char Bouwkamp of Rockford’s D&W Fresh Market said, “Spartan Foods is glad to generously provide a portion of the refreshments offered this New Years Day morning.”
This non-competitive free annual event is open to everyone, not just “Friends” members. It is not necessary to walk the entire four miles, the actual distance you choose is totally up to you. It’s all about togetherness and celebrating the arrival of a new year and possibly putting your New Year’s Resolution plans into effect.
Remember, these annual walks go off as planned regardless of weather conditions, just dress accordingly.
See you there. Be on hand for the annual group picture of participants that will appear in the following week’s edition of Rockford’s only and original hometown newspaper, The Rockford Squire!