The sky was just getting light when volunteers with the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance started gathering at the Merrimac Ferry wayside. No, they weren’t coming together for an early morning hike on the Trail. These early risers were there to set the stage for the Fall Colors Run.
The Ice Age Trail is a place for people to enjoy the outdoors in a variety of ways, including trail running. The Fall Colors Run, sponsored by Fontana Sports and organized by the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, provides an opportunity for trail runners to enjoy time on the Gibraltar Segment with beautiful views of Lake Wisconsin and the Baraboo Hills. On October 9th, 63 people showed up to run or walk a course that was laid out for either 8, 4, or 2 miles. Chapter volunteers were stationed along the course to direct participants and hand out water. Other volunteers were at the ferry wayside to serve refreshments that had been baked by volunteers and to share information about the Ice Age Trail. Fontana Sports donated a “swag bag” for all participants and a number of prizes, adding to the fun of the day. The event raised money to support the chapter’s work and raised awareness of the Ice Age Trail.
A number of Fall Colors Run participants commented that it was great to be back at this event, after having it cancelled last year due to COVID. For me, their comments were a reminder of the important role that the outdoor environment — including the Ice Age Trail — plays in helping people get through this pandemic and uniting people around the things that they enjoy doing in the outdoors.
Trail running isn’t for everyone. However, the Trail is for everyone regardless of interest, age or ability. This diversity is one of the things that makes it so wonderful to be outdoors … Along the Ice Age Trail.
Patti Herman live in the City of Lodi with her husband, Bill Welch. A retired educator, Patti is glad to be living in the Lodi Valley where she is surrounded by so much natural beauty, including the beauty to be found along the Ice Age Trail.