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Fitness walk contest in Ogdensburg next month

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Go for a walk and win a prize.

The city of Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation Department in May will sponsor a fitness walk contest on the Maple City Trail along the Oswegatchie River.

The paved 2.2-mile-long trail will be the site of the Maple City Walk to Fitness Program during the entire month.

Ogdensburg residents of all ages are encouraged to walk, run or bike ride along the Maple City Trail starting at the Dobisky Visitor’s Center, 100 Riverside Ave., as part of the program.

“It’s healthy living,” said Matthew J. Curatolo, the city’s parks and recreation director.

The fitness walk will be held daily from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., regardless of weather. Participants are asked to sign in at the visitors center, pick up a card and then place the card in a box near the end of the trail at the Black Bridge to prove their participation. The card will need the participant’s name and phone number so he or she can be contacted by Mr. Curatolo’s staff.

Youth cards, for those age 10 and under, will also have a nature walk component so they can mark what they’ve seen on the trail.

At the end of each week in May, those participating will qualify for a small prize that will be given away in a drawing. Prizes for the youths will also be available.

Prizes include iPod Shuffles, Walmart gift cards, pedometers, water bottles and biking helmets for youth. During the last drawing in May, all participants who have walked, biked or run at all during the month will be eligible to win the grand prize, an Xbox Kinnect gaming system.

The program is funded by $1,000 from the Walmart Foundation.

In addition to the fitness, fun and prize-winning aspects of the month-long event, Mr. Curatolo hopes to find out an additional bit of information that his department and the city will find useful.

“What I like about it is that it gives us a gauge of how many people are using the Maple City Trial,” he said.

The trail opened in 1997.

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