For a healthier community, put May 18 walk/run/ride on your schedule

While making out your schedule for the remainder of May, readers may want to pencil in Friday, May 18, at 5 p.m. as the time you decide to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

That’s the moment when the Healthy Community Collaborative’s fourth annual Rock ‘n Run event will combine with the St. Gabriel’s Hospital’s 16th annual Ride for Unity bicycle tour for the first time, giving folks a chance to walk, run or bike from one kilometer to 18 miles.

The event starts and ends in Le-Bourget Park in Little Falls, where bands will play, a silent auction will be held, a health-vendor village will be available and family activities will be offered. Food will also be available, whether you work up an appetite ahead of time or not. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a free seedling (salsa-garden variety).

The event includes the following exercise options:

• A 10-mile bicycle ride to Lindbergh State Park and back, starting at 5 p.m.

• An 18-mile bicycle ride northwest to Green Prairie Fish Lake and back, starting at 5 p.m.

• A one kilometer race for children 11 and under at 6 p.m.

• A 10-kilometer race at 6:45 p.m.

• A two-mile walk/run/stroller-push at 6:45 p.m.

A bicycle helmet is required to participate in the bike rides. Awards will be given out at 7:45 p.m.

To register for any of the events is $25 for adults and $10 for children under age 18. If a group of friends, co-workers or family members form a biking team of eight or more, the registration is only $15 each.

Live music will be provided by “Big Sweet Life” and “Sons of Knut.”

The event is designed to be fun for not only the whole family but for the entire community. Even if you don’t want to walk, run or bike, you are welcome to come out and enjoy the other activities and cheer on the  participants.

We make Morrison County our home because of the people who live here. Help build your community connections. Come out and enjoy a family friendly evening any way you see fit.