By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
Wednesday is the last walk of the arboretum hike series and next week participants will enjoy a short bike ride as part of The Mercury Mile.
For the past two weeks, participants have explored the woodsy trails at the Althouse Arboretum through guided walks. The arboretum is made possible through a partnership between a nonprofit sustainability organization called GreenAllies and Upper Pottsgrove Township. Walkers should meet noon Wednesday at the address 1794 Gilbertsville Road, Pottstown. There is a parking lot behind the Althouse Arboretum sign.
The arboretum is a recent addition to the township and on Saturday organizers will host a 5K run and community picnic to celebrate the grand opening. The Sprogel’s 5K Trail Run and Walk will begin 10 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. there will be a grand opening ceremony. For more information, contact Ken Hamilton at email@example.com.
Then for next week’s Mercury Mile, participants will bike about 2.5 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail starting from Riverfront Park in Pottstown. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is hosting the walk and inviting the public to join a short community bike ride. The walk will begin noon on Sept. 30 at 140 College Drive, Pottstown.
People can bring their own bike to ride or borrow one of the free Bike Pottstown cruisers. The bikes are available to rent for free to anyone 16 years and older. Riders must have a valid driver’s license or state ID. To reserve a free bike to use for The Mercury Mile Bicycle Ride, visit the websitewww.eventbrite.com/e/mercury-mile-bike-reservations-tickets-18690257062.
The Mercury Mile is weekly and promotes walking and other fitness activities as a free exercise. It also gives the community the opportunity to talk with area organizations. Usually each week, different businesses or organizations will host The Mercury Mile. The walk will travel from one organization to the next encouraging staff to walk at lunch and inviting the community as well. Walkers are asked to bring business cards or contact information to exchange. Find out what’s going on in the area and form new partnerships.
Businesses that host The Mercury Mile will be featured in our “Businesses in Motion” section online and in the print newspaper. Organizations interested in hosting the walk should email Michilea Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-850-0282 to schedule a time.
To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life website pottsmercfit4life.wordpress.com and like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Mercfit4life. Walkers can also be added to The Mercury Mile email list by contacting Michilea Patterson at email@example.com. Send your name from the email you would like to use, and each week the mile’s location will be sent to you as well as other healthy living events coming up in the area.
If there is inclement weather on Wednesday then the walk at the Althouse Arboretum will be cancelled and The Mercury Mile will resume next week with the bike ride. Please check the Fit for Life Facebook by 11 a.m. Wednesday to check the status of that day’s walk.