Saturday, December 4, 2021

Meaford On the Move: Staying Active by Walking And Running

Walking or running 30 minutes a day or more is a simple way to improve or maintain your overall physical and mental well being. Over the last 20 months, many people have searched for ways to stay active.

We are fortunate to live in a community that offers many walking and running options. Some suggestions are:

  • The Georgian Trail (starting from the Harbour to St. Vincent St. is a nice one kilometre walk)
  • Memorial Park offers shady, short walking trails, as does Beautiful Joe Park.
  • You can pick up instruction pamphlets outlining two historic walking tours of Meaford at the Meaford Museum. The North Walking Tour is approximately 1.5 km and the South Walking Tour is approximately 2.5 km.
  • Hibou Conservation Area offers trails for walking. There is also a boardwalk at Bognor Marsh.
  • The Meaford Cemetery is an even-surfaced walk with the perimeter road being one kilometre. People with walkers seem to be able navigate this route.
  • If you want to log your steps or distances, you can borrow a pedometer from the Meaford Library. This may offer an incentive to support your walking.
  • The Georgian Bay Coyotes offers a running club for local youth. You may find information about this club at www.georgianbaycoyotes.com.
  • There is also an adult Coyote running club in town which meets Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at McGinty’s Cafe. You can contact sandyandandyharrington@rogers.com.
  • If you are a new walker or runner, you can make it your goal to participate in our 2022 Meaford Harbour 5 km Run/Walk. It is a friendly event with participants of all ages and ability levels. Watch the Meaford Hospital Foundation home page for updates. https://mhfoundation.ca/
  • For residents in the western part of our municipality, the Owen Sound Y offers an indoor track for walkers and runners. Also, remember that Harrison Park in Owen Sound offers an accessible paved trail through the woods.

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