Phase 1-plus of the new Lake trail. (click on image to enlarge)
An adventure run March 29 garnered $2,400 for a new hike-bike trail at Lake Maloney, organizer Jim States said.Forty teams and 80 people brought a competitive attitude to the run, States said. Runners came from Gothenburg, Lincoln, Thedford, McCook and other places.
States said the proceeds will help pay for phase 1 of the new trail on the south side of the lake. Construction will begin this summer. Organizers have raised $195,000 for the first mile, States said.
The paved trail will be suitable for walking, jogging or bicycling.
Phases 2 and 3 will extend the trail another mile or so in each direction. It eventually will stretch along nearly the entire south side of the Lake, generally parallel with Lake Maloney Drive.
“It will wander along the Drive and cross over a bit. It will be on the west side along golf course, otherwise on the east side. It will wander through trees and through Jaycee Park,” States said.
Another fundraiser is set for May 17. States said this one will have a hike-bike segment of both 5- and 10-kilometers, a poker run for motorcycles, and a general ‘get there anyway you can' fun race for bicycles, golf carts, ATVs and who knows, maybe tricycles, he said.
The poker run begins at 9 a.m. and will go to Wallace and back. Other races start at 9:30 a.m. Everything ends at noon at the south beach with a cookout.
Organizers hope to recruit at least twenty $100 sponsors and raise $2,000, he said.
Thus far, contributors to the trail project include businesses in the area, the Twin Platte Natural Resources District, the Lake Maloney property owners association, as well as several fundraisers and tee-shirt sales.
The co-chairs of the Lake Maloney Trails project are States, Dr. Sam Perry and Dr. Ned Mack.
The urban adventure race on March 29 was the second annual race, directed by Toni Guthrie. Last year the event raised nearly $2,000.
The race started and ended at the North Platte Recreation Center.
Adventure races are for every age and ability and promote fitness as well raise money.
In an adventure race, teams do not know in advance what all is involved. Just before the start, they get instructions, a map, punch card and other items. Racers have three hours to finish. To win, they must gather team points that are not based on speed. Adventure racing promotes team work, strategizing and other skills.