Rushville Republican

September 25, 2012

Get F.I.T.

Join in local Walkabouts

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — The mission of the Fitness Initiative Team of Rush County is to promote and encourage a more fit and active lifestyle for residents of Rush County of all ages. Those involved are excited to announce the opening of a new hiking experience in Rushville. The city of Rushville has completed a bridge in Riverside Park that completes the one-mile trail that loops around the amphitheater. The trail runs through the woods and along the river and gives the feeling of being in a state park. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held during a F.I.T. Walkabout at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Meet in the lower parking lot near the amphitheater to walk together to the bridge for the ceremony. There might even be some history of the area shared with the walkers, say organizers.

The ribbon cutting at Riverside is just one of the exciting walks planned in the new schedule of Walkabouts. The Fitness Initiative Team started this project in May with the goal of getting Rush County moving, so all of us can live more fit and active lifestyles. The objective of this program is to provide walking and fitness opportunities. They are scheduled in a variety of locations on different days at different times.

Hopefully, you may meet potential walking partners and discover new walking locales.

Participation and enthusiasm for this program continues to build. If you have considered participating now is the time to do so.

There are several new walks on the schedule. Walkers haven’t forgotten cemeteries and history. Wednesday, Sept. 26, they will be Cruisin’ Calvary. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the south end of Calvary Cemetery on Fort Wayne Road.

The Downtown History Walk will be Thursday, Oct. 11. Meet at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church, 226 N. Morgan Street.

Visiting Rushville’s unique neighborhoods is always popular. Exploring a new area is Steppin’ Out at Sugar Hill Tuesday, Oct. 9. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 11th and Sexton streets to walk over to this attractive neighborhood. Wednesday, Oct. 3, try Hoofin’ It on Harcourt. The group will explore the paved path north of Conrad Harcourt Way as well as the new sidewalks. Meet in the parking lot on the east side of the Comfort Inn at 5:30 p.m.

Walking allows time to see things we otherwise miss. The Fitness Initiative Team is part of the community. This homegrown project will be part of RushFest Saturday, Sept. 29.

That morning you are encouraged to participate in the Rushville Rotary Club’s 5K Run and Walk. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. by the RCHS gymnasium. Finish the day with a F.I.T. Walkabout Celebrate RushFest in Riverside Park. Meet at 2 p.m. at the lion by the amphitheater.

As a part of the F.I.T. Walkabout program, Anytime Fitness has invited all participants to visit them at 222 S. Main Street each Friday at 5 p.m. This is a change in time from the past two months. They do ask non-members to sign the guest register.

In case of weather conflicts, all of the outdoor walks will be canceled. Questions about this program can be directed to Gracie Marlatt, extension educator with Purdue Extension in Rush County at 932-5974.

For a complete listing of scheduled Walkabouts, visit one of the following sites:, (health related events) and You can also check out Partners for a Healthy Rush County on Facebook.

The Fitness Initiative Team of Rush County is one of the action teams for the Partners for a Healthy Rush County, Rush County’s health coalition.

The F.I.T. planning committee meets the first Tuesday of each month. Their next meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Boys & Girls Club of Rush County.

-Rushville Republican