Be CONNECTED – Saturday, December 2, 2017

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Be Connected. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures: Friends. Family. Graciousness. Contentment. Laughter. Photo by Joanne Ellarson.

It’s the start of the busy holiday season. Take time to get grounded and centered and connected to what is truly important to you. No need to rush or compare. Let your holidays reflect you and your values.

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Be Cozy. The thick, white blanket of winter tucks in sleeping creatures and brings a certain hush to woods and fields. Photo by BC Shannon.

Winter hiking can keep you connected to the simple things in life: health and vigor; home and tribe. Bring your mothers and daughters and friends! Introduce them to the wonders of being outdoors during any season!

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Be Exuberant. A winter’s day hike encourages resilience; take care of your body with fresh-air time outdoors every day. Photo by T. Knaack.

Be Convivial. Take pleasure in freshly brewed coffee, a community of hikers, and a frosty, morning hike on the Ice Age Trail. Follow it with a cozy lunch spent with new and old friends at Sugar River Pizza.

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Be Hardy. It’s beautiful in the woods. White snow, blue shadows, and plenty of sunshine. Photo by Dave Caliebe.

Be CONNECTED Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Meet at Tuvalu Coffee House & Gallery, 300 S Main St, Verona, WI for coffee and to meet hike leaders and other hikers. (Coffee on your own.)

There is some public parking near Hometown Junction Park, 101 W. Railroad Street which is across the street from Tuvalu, and there is plenty of street parking.

8:30 a.m. Board the bus. Transportation to the start of the hike (A portion of Montrose Segment and Brooklyn Wildlife Segment – Dane County).

9:00 a.m. Start 3.6-mile hike (a manageable and leisurely  2-mile an hour pace will be set). This pace allows time to stop and look at interesting things along the way.

Your hike will be led Ice Age Trail enthusiasts of the Dane County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

11:00 a.m. End hike and board bus. Transportation to Sugar River Pizza for lunch.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Buffet lunch at Sugar River Pizza (food allergies accommodated).

A short program by Dane County Chapter members will introduce you to the phenomenal conservation projects this chapter undertakes. Hike leaders will also introduce you to key hiking resources for keeping your enthusiasm stoked for future hikes.

12:30 p.m. Board bus back to downtown Verona and cars.

$10.00 for Guided hike, transportation, lunch. (non-refundable fee).

Limit 20 women ages 15 and above.

Wear Blaze orange or BRIGHT colors (we will have orange vests on hand for those who would like them).

Dress for the weather. Coats, hats, gloves, hiking boots, hiking poles, water bottle, etc. (Snowshoes might be appropriate if sufficient snow, of course!)

Resources:

Montrose Segment and Brooklyn Wildlife Segment description from 2017-2019 Guidebook [PDF]
Montrose Segment and Brooklyn Wildlife Segment map from 2017-2019 Atlas [PDF]

We APPRECIATE the support of our GENEROUS sponsor for this Be CONNECTED event – Thank You!

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Outdoor co-op REI today launched a comprehensive effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors, encouraging millions of its members to embrace the outdoors as “the world’s largest level playing field.

Be Free – Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Be Free. Stride out the door – no looking back. Be Determined. Put yourself first, for a morning, a day, and maybe forever. And that’s a good thing. Photo by Carrie Highman-Dream Lens Media.

Be Strong. Crisp fall mornings – blue sky, sparkly frost – are made for trail running. Run away and come home to yourself. Immerse yourself in the beauty of restored prairies as you bound along the Trail. Expanded lungs, expanding possibilities.

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Be Self-Care. Running is great for that. Jonnah Perkins, a busy mom of two, makes time to run in her happy place, the foot hills of the Baraboo Bluffs. Photo by Jesse Perkins.

Ultrarunner, Jonnah Perkins, a podium regular who competes in 50K, 50-Mile, and 100K races in Wisconsin and the West Coast, will introduce you to a hidden gem: The Verona Segment in Dane County. This suburban segment makes good use of three county parks and links up to a variety of additional hiking and biking trails.

She’ll be joined by seasoned trail runner and Yogi, Brenda Bland (currently teaching yoga with the YMCA), who has fourteen 100-mile races under her belt, including Leadville Trail 100. Nora Bird, running coach behind Team Bird Training will also add to the available expertise. She competes in ultramarathons in the Midwest and around the country including Leadville 100 and Wasatch 100. Nora loves helping women find their passion on the trail.

Runners Kelly Tyrrell and Lysianne Unruh will round out the support so no one is left behind and we all have fun.

Kelly is a science writer and has competed in several 50K and 50-mile races in Wisconsin, including finishing 3rd female at the Ice Age 50 in 2017. Her first 50-mile race was in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Lysianne, IATA staff member and life coach, is a happy, mid-pack runner who accidentally signs up for 50K races while sipping chardonnay and paging through Trail Runner magazine.

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Be Delighted. Kelly Tyrrell, surrounded by a sea of green, hits the trail on an early season run.

Welcoming both beginners and seasoned trail runners, a 3.5-mile loop or a 6.5-mile distance is available. An easy pace will be set and no one will be left behind.

Jonnah, Brenda, Nora, Kelly, and Lysianne will share stories about why they love running, why the Ice Age Trail inspires them, and answer questions about trail running, once we’re all back at the shelter.

Celebratory refueling snacks available at the end of the run provided in part by Organic Valley, especially their Mighty products made with 100% organic beef. Yumbutter will also be on the premises with their mouth-rockin’, world-changing nut butters.  One Barrel Brewing Company will have beer on hand for you too, and Wigwam will be giving away a pair of free socks to each participant!

NOTE: Runners, please wear Blaze Orange and bring a change of warm clothes for post-run yoga/stories/celebration.

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Be a Leader. Brenda Bland leads the pack out of the woods at the Voyager 50 Mile Trail Race.

Be FREE Schedule:

6.5-Mile Distance

9:00 a.m. check-in at Holiday Inn Express, 515 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI

9:45 a.m. bus ride to the Start (PD – Ice Age Junction Area) for runners running 6.5 miles.

10:00 a.m. Start

11:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. arrive at end point (Wesner Road) where the bus will take 6.5-mile distance runners back to Badger Prairie Park.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. everyone back for mini-celebration

3.5-Mile Distance

9:00 a.m. check-in at Holiday Inn Express, 515 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI

9:45 a.m. Start (leave from the shelter to run the 3.5 mile loop)

10:15 a.m. – 10: 45 a.m.  arrive back at Shelter 1, Badger Prairie Park board bus back to hotel

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Yoga for Runners yoga session led by Brenda Bland

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. everyone back for mini-celebration

NOTE: The Verona Segment for the Be FREE event is located in DANE COUNTY.

Limit 80 women ages 16 and above!

Resources:

Verona Segment description from 2017-2019 Guidebook pages [PDF]

Verona Segment map from 2017-2019 Atlas [PDF]

 

 Our GENEROUS corporate partners – Thank YOU!

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Be a Nature Princess … At Any Age!

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Be Fanciful. Be a Force of Nature. Be a Nature Princess…at any age! Make a crown, dust off your boots, and come explore the wild kingdom on the Dunes Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Woodland Dunes Nature Center staff.

Be Adventurous. Do Princesses climb trees and get dirty? Absolutely. This program, inspired by the children’s book, “Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?”, is designed to be a royally good time, packed with opportunities to get out and get messy. Continue reading