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The idea for a trail along National Avenue to connect Mercy and CoxHealth began five years ago. Andrea Croley, co-owner of Croley Insurance and a key player in the effort to create the trail, says they worked with the City of Springfield to get the sidewalks cleaned up and with Ozark Greenways and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
The Medical Mile Trail winds past McDaniel Park and the South Creek Greenway trailhead, so it’s linked to an even larger trail system.
Croley says the sidewalk is marked, so walkers and runners can see how far they’ve gone.
"Every tenth of a mile they're going to be able to--if you have a mobile phone or an app you can go on and record how far you've walked. You know, if you have a Fitbit or any kind of a device," she said.
Mercy and CoxHealth are teaming up to host a Medical Mile Walk and Dedication tomorrow morning (8/24) at 8:30. Walkers will start at trailheads at either hospital and meet in the middle at National and McDaniel for the dedication. Afterwards there will be fun family activities.
"There's going to be a tent, and there'll be vendors there. There's going to be food tastings, there'll be some children's activities, and we're also very excited because there's gonna be a butterfly release, and it kind of goes with the idea of some celebration of outdoor living and walking and then we'll have some singers that are going to be performing as well," she said.
Nearby restaurants will offer discounts on healthy menu items for those who attend the walk and dedication.
Kids four and up need to register if they want to take part in the butterfly release.
Find more information at medmile.com.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.