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posted: 5/5/2016 1:24 PM

Go Gurnee kickoff brings community together

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  • Executive Director for Gurnee Park District Susie Kuruvilla addresses the crowd at the Go Gurnee kickoff event.

    Executive Director for Gurnee Park District Susie Kuruvilla addresses the crowd at the Go Gurnee kickoff event.
    Courtesy of the Gurnee Park District

  • Around 300 community members attended the Go Gurnee kickoff, which encouraged attendees to walk 30 minutes each day.

    Around 300 community members attended the Go Gurnee kickoff, which encouraged attendees to walk 30 minutes each day.
    Courtesy of the Gurnee Park District

 

Submitted by the Gurnee Park District

An estimated 300 people joined the Gurnee Park District Sunday, May 1, at Viking Park to kick off the free community movement Go Gurnee.

The event was open to the public, and attendees were encouraged to spread the word and commit to walking 30 minutes each day for the month of May.

The event was filled with children and families participating in a free raffle, T-shirt launching and listening to an inspirational talk. Wiley the Wildcat from Woodland Community School District 50 and Cha Cha the Frog from Rainforest Café joined in on the fun, along with many superheroes and Disney princesses before the 30-minute walk commenced.

Many Go Gurnee Champions were in attendance, including Senator Melinda Bush, Representative Sheri Jesiel, Representative Sam Yingling, Mayor Kristina Kovarik, Vice President of the Gurnee Park District Board of Commissioners Libby Baker and Gurnee Park District Executive Director Susie Kuruvilla.

"I am very impressed with the turnout we had for the kickoff event. The goal of this free and accessible program is to create a culture in our community that promotes physical movement," Kuruvilla said.

Throughout the month of May, the park district, along with the Go Gurnee Champions, are inspiring Gurnee residents to walk with their friends, families and neighbors at 6:30 p.m. in their own neighborhood or local park/trail.

All residents and friends of Gurnee are encouraged to start walking right away and for the remainder of the month. Community members who were not able to attend the kickoff event, but who would like to receive a free walking log and bracelet while supplies last, can visit any Gurnee Park District community center.

"The Go Gurnee movement is only starting, and I envision it being embraced by the entire community leading to a healthier, happier lifestyle for everyone," Kuruvilla said.

To learn more about the physical and mental benefits of walking, visit www.GOGurnee.com and www.Facebook.com/gogurnee. Use #GOGURNEE to be a part of the conversation and movement.

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