GO GURNEE gets people moving, walking

Above, a family enjoying time together after walking in the GO GURNEE event June 1 in Viking Park. – Gurnee Park Dist.

Staff report

GO GURNEE, the village of Gurnee’s initiative to encourage a healthy lifestyle, has already connected hundreds of residents to accessible, free parks and trails. Gurnee Park District hopes to increase the number even more.

Gurnee Park District says summer is better than any time to better your health. “There are dozens of local parks, free fitness events and organized runs/walks. I encourage everyone to go outside this summer, and enjoy all Gurnee has to offer,” stated Jim Goshorn, Gurnee Park District board president.

During the month of May and the GO GURNEE kickoff, some successful partnerships formed with Mayor Kristina Kovarik, Bethel Lutheran Church, Warren-Newport Public Library, School District 56 and many local businesses. Currently GO GURNEE has more than 200 champion ambassadors leading the way and spreading the mission of the movement.

GO GURNEE participant Sergio Rivera at Viking Park. - Gurnee Park Dist.
GO GURNEE participant Sergio Rivera at Viking Park. – Gurnee Park Dist.

Community members were challenged and met the feat to walk for 30 minutes each day for the month of May.

An estimated 100 people joined Gurnee Park District on June 1 at Viking Park in Gurnee to celebrate GO GURNEE’s success. The event was free and open to the public.

Community members, business leaders and friends joined the Park District for an inspiration speech from Goshorn and Susie Kuruvilla, executive director. Raffle prizes were awarded and a 30 minute walk was held.

“GO GURNEE is more than a 30 day walking initiative. It is a community movement that we hope to see continue to grow. Our goal is to continue to improve the lives of all our residents throughout the entire year and thereafter,” stated Kuruvilla.

GO GURNEE supporters can be found in Gurnee, at the Indy 500 and even Canada. “This movement is not just impacting the lives of our fellow neighbors. It is really taking off and benefiting the lives of people all over,” explained Kuruvilla.

Join Gurnee Park District as they continue the GO GURNEE movement this summer through their free Rec-Mobile events, Gurnee Days 10k Race and 2 Mile Fun Run and free Yoga in the Park.

Visit GOGURNEE.com and Facebook.com/GOGURNEE to learn more about the physical and mental benefits of walking. Use #GOGURNEE to be a part of the conversation and movement. If you or your business would like to support this free movement, visit GOGURNEE.com.


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