Several area organizations are collaborating to offer a free community weekly exercise program along the Platte River Trails and beyond. The June 8 walk will include a portion of the Rails to Trails pathway beginning at 6:00 p.m. from the parking area at Jackson Street and Collins.

Walks are held each Monday during the summer; participants will travel from one pre-designated point to another primarily along the Platte River Trails. The program is a “progressive” event - the concept is that those who attend each week will cover the entire length of the Platte River Trails and the Rails to Trails by the end of the program. All walkers are welcomed whether they attend each week or not.

The first seven weeks’ events are advertised as walks, but participants may join in who are running, riding bicycles, pushing a stroller, roller-blading or moving in some other manner under their own power. The length of each walk varies somewhat from 2.5 to 4 miles and may be shortened by turning around at the marked halfway point. Weeks 8 and 9 are being designated for those on bicycles only as distances are significantly longer. The final week will be a measured 5K (3.1 miles) for either walkers or runners only. Finish times will be available for week 10.

There are a few changes to this year’s program compared to past years. This year’s course will be traversed in reverse order from past events. Another change is that the program has a new name…Walk It, Bike It, Run It! The culminating three weeks are an added twist to the program and encourage cycling and culminating with a measured, timed event. Bus transportation will not be provided this year. Participants who are unable to return to their vehicles by their own power should consider turning around at the marked halfway points.

Walk It, Bike It, Run It! will be held each Monday evening starting at 6 pm through August 3. The remainder of the schedule is:

Date - Starting Point - Finish location

6/8 - Jackson & Collins St. - Parking Area Walsh Drive behind Post Office

6/15 - Bryan Stock Trail at the lot nearest the river - Adventure Park

6/22 Adventure Park near Lansing Baseball Field - Tate Pumphouse

6/29 - Tate Pumphouse - 1st Street Park in Mills

7/6 - 1st Street Park in Mills - Morad Park

7/13 - Morad Park - Paradise Valley Park

7/20 - Bryan Stock Trail at the lot nearest the river for a 12 mile bike ride out and back

7/27 - Tate Pumphouse for a 12 mile bike ride out and back

8/3 - Bryan Stock Trail at the lot nearest the river for the measured/timed 5K

The free community walks are offered in collaboration with the CINCH-Casper’s Initiative to Nurture Community Health, Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming, Wyoming Medical Center, Wyoming Health Fairs, City of Casper Recreation Division, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, Dewitt Water, Casper Community Greenhouse Project, Casper Family YMCA, Casper-Natrona County Health Department, University of Wyoming Extension Office and the Platte River Trails.

For additional information, contact the Casper Recreation Division at 307-235-8383.