by Jody Green
The G.O.A.Tz wrapped up their first designated run on the hidden trails of Lake Zorinksy last April. We’ve made our way to five different trails in the Greater Omaha area. These include Lake Manawa State Park in Council Bluffs, Glen Cunningham Lake, Tranquility Park, and most recently, Schramm Park State Recreation Area.
The idea for these events came about because of the warm fuzzy, rejuvenating, and happy feelings associated with running trails in a group setting. These events are free, low-key, scheduled during the afternoon lull, last about an hour, and best of all; they bring families together for some outdoor fun.
For last weekend’s Kidz Trail Outing at Schramm, Janet Shulenberger, owner of the salon appropriately named, Running with Scissors by Janet, offered to supply all the refreshments. Thanks to her generosity, the group that consisted of 36 kids and 27 adults, enjoyed watermelon, grapes, pears, oranges, and apples after exploring the trails.
Sponsor Spotlight: Aside from being the hairstylist to many mini and adult G.O.A.T.z, Janet is known for supporting of a Michigan-based organization called Wigs 4 Kids. She will be holding a ponytail drive on November 29th willing and able to donate 10” of untreated hair. If you choose to donate, she will follow-up with an amazing FREE haircut and style. Please LIKE her page for updates and spread the word. (I have been growing hair tirelessly for almost a year.)
Our visit to Schramm brought many new families and faces, included a family from Lincoln, a set of 5-year old triplets, and a 6-week old infant. There were also a variety of pre- and post-run activities thanks to the Liska's and the Johnsen's for bringing the fish food, and Coleen Duda for bringing the bubbles.
The next Kidz Trail Outing is scheduled for Saturday September 27 from 3-4 PM at Chalco Hills Recreation Area. More details and a link for sign-ups will follow.
If you have any comments, trail suggestions, or would like to lead or help with an event, please
24 Hour Treadmill Challenge: February 24-25
What The Hill?!: TBA
Tails 'n Trails: May 19
Gravel Classic: May 26
The Dizzy GOAT: June 23
G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs: October 21
Skyline Ranches Cross Country Runs: October 27
Feast and Feathers: November 22
The Hitchcock Experience Endurance Runs: December 8-9