Exciting news for all of us Nordic walking fans in the Midwest and around the country – we’re going to have a national Nordic Walking Expo here in Minnesota on Saturday, June 12th!
Several months ago a group of us Nordic walking instructors based in the Twin Cities – Rhea Kontos, Linda Lemke, Brian Glader and myself – got together and started dreaming about an event that would energize and feed the enthusiasm for Nordic walking that already exists in our area. Those dreams soon found a form when we approached Michael Gottschalk of the Three Rivers Park District about holding a Nordic walking event in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day. Three Rivers has embraced the concept and is providing full support for our Expo at their outstanding Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington. Until recently I had never been to this park, and was blown away by the sheer size of the park and trail system, and its beautiful range of terrain – rolling hills, wooded areas, lakes and wetlands!
As if this weren’t exciting enough, Malin Svensson and Gary Johnson, the founders of Nordic Walking North America and the organizers of the first North American Nordic Walking Expo last year in California have come on board as coordinating partners for our event. With their involvement, we expect not only local but a range of national vendors and Nordic walking specialists. There will be group walks, special presentations on a variety of Nordic walking topics, and information on walking resources, equipment, and instruction opportunities.
Rhea, Linda, Brian and I have formed an organization called Great Lakes Nordic Walkers to help coordinate the event and everyone who comes to participate. On our blog you can find more information on the Expo, and sign up to receive updates with further details. We are looking for volunteers to help with the event, and trained instructors who can help lead intro lessons and short walks. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact me and we will get you plugged in!
Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
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