Dickinson Parks and Recreation is challenging area residents to walk, run or bike 100 miles on the Crooked Crane Trail.
"We were initially trying to get people to use the trail. A lot of people know about the paved fitness loop at the Patterson Lake ... but a lot of people don't know about the back end grassy part of the trail," said Kara Visger, marketing specialist for parks and recreation. "We just recently redid the map, so there's several trailheads that you can access now that are out there. We just want to get the word out for people to use it, especially now since the outdoors is the best place to be right now."
The paved fitness loop was the first phase of the trail, which was completed in 2016. It's a 1.8 mile double loop with exercise and playground equipment. The grassy area Visger refers to is phase two of the trail, a 9.6 mile, 6-feet-wide recreational trail from the south side boat ramp west to the Stransky Road bridge and continuing east back to the trap club. This section of the trail runs through the Wildlife Management Area along the south side of Patterson Lake Recreation Area.
The challenge begins May 25 and ends Aug. 24. People who choose to participate in the 100-mile challenge can log and submit their mileage after every journey on the website or complete a printable version and submit it to parks and recreation by Aug. 24.
Steffen Saw and Bike is sponsoring t-shirts for those who complete the challenge, and there will be regular giveaways throughout the event.
Parks and recreation encourage participants to share their journey on social media using the hashtags #crookedcrane100 and #crookedcranetrail.