Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, January 4, 2011

National Parks, Medical Community and Shoe Company Team Up for Kids' Freedom Run

January 4, 2011 (Washington, DC) - Kids in Shepherdstown, West Virginia were given free shoes last October.

On October 2, 2010, Terra Plana and Shepherdstown's Two River Treads donated 200 pairs of shoes to children who participated in the town's Kids Fun Run. The race encouraged children to explore the outdoors. The event was non-competitive, letting participants "walk, run, or stroll" the mile-long race. Afterwards, participants were encouraged to bring their families along on hikes of the local state parks, which included Antietam National Battlefield, CC&O Canal National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

"We are thrilled to be included in this event, as it demonstrates not only the importance of child foot health, but gets kids engaged in the outdoors. A healthy lifestyle should be both fun and accessible to all kids," said Galahad Clark, owner of Terra Plana. "The race sends an important message while helping to fund the Wild and Wonderful Trails, which is making this a reality." To read Jason Mansfield's original article in the West Virginia newspaper The Journal, click here.

Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and its IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is here.