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CLC to open indoor walking trail

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Walking around the Central Lakes College (CLC) campus is nothing new for students and faculty who frequent the halls and classrooms day in and day out.

But now the college includes an added benefit in roaming the halls with the CLC 1/2 Mile.

“The idea for it (the CLC 1/2 Mile) started out last summer when I approached the college president about wanting to do more healthy initiatives on campus,” said Steve Sabin, CLC Student Senate president. “So we created the CLC Health Committee to help create not just healthy things for everyone on campus but reflecting it out and incorporating the community also.”

As an indoor walking trail, designed to lead people on a light workout through CLC, Sabin said the idea for the CLC 1/2 Mile is loosely based on the Mall of America’s Mayo Clinic Mile. But the real drive behind the trail, Sabin said, lies in the obesity rates recorded in the area.

“Crow Wing County, especially this (Brainerd) area, has one of the worst obesity rates in the state,” said Sabin. “So that was my focus on this and our entire healthy initiatives and it has kind of stemmed from that thought process.

“Ultimately I, along with our CLC Health Committee, wanted to find ways to get the community more active.”

With two different “trails” offered — easy and intense — Sabin said there’s a little bit of something for everybody.

“We don’t have room to do a 5K or a 10K like the Mall of America,” said Sabin. “But instead of doing just one lap, people can switch up and try the ‘intense’ lap, which uses a hallway on the south end where the floor is sloped and also takes people upstairs, so we utilize that aspect for people looking at more of a workout than just the easy lap that stays on the main floor.”

The CLC 1/2 Mile will have its grand opening on 3 p.m. Friday. It will remain open to the public from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. — regular CLC hours.

“I am really excited to see this takeoff,” said Sabin. “I haven’t heard of anything like this at any other college, so it should be pretty great to see how people react to it, and how it can help get our community healthy as a whole.”

JESSI PIERCE may be reached at 855-5859 or Follow her on Twitter at (@jessi_pierce).