Thursday, July 12, 2012

Making headlines

Ashlee, a friend and one of my Des Moines docents, shared happy news with me recently: The Road Runners Club of America designated my city as a Runner Friendly Community (one of four chosen in the second round of applications).

It didn't take me long to appreciate what was out here: wide, well-maintained sidewalks; easy access to extensive trails; money for upkeep (I've seen more closures for repairs in a month than I did in years of using the Long Prairie Trail); and frequent, clear signage (apparently a recent upgrade — more evidence that people in charge are paying attention).

And that's only a sampling of what Des Moines boasts for runners, according to the news release.

So glad to see national positive recognition for my adopted city, and that I can claim a tiny corner of said accolade ... not credit, but bragging rights and a sense of satisfaction each time I enjoy this runner-friendly land.

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