Sheri Bush at last year’s Junior soul2sole 5K Run
As reported previously on this website, the 5K run for area kids starts tomorrow morning (Sat, May 17th). The group will assemble at 8 am at the County Park on Ocean Beach Road, and the race starts at 8:30 am.
The participants are 5th graders from Columbia Middle School. Twenty-nine of them signed up to practice for a 6-week after school program in preparation for this run. The after-school sessions included track intervals, hill training and 2-mile “road rages” from Columbia Middle School to the flagpole at the Brooklyn Fire Department.
The competitors in the race will run on the right side of Ocean Beach Road (wide shoulder area) toward Lakeview (East) to the Spirit Trail through the Magic Forest. A Soul2Sole officer, Kristy Allen will mark their hands just beyond the 1.5 mile marker, and then the participants will run back to the park.
There will be ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and a bag of goodies for other runners. Parents, siblings, and Columbia Middle School students will be invited to run or walk the course, but will not be competing for the awards.
These kind of events don’t happen by themselves. Hats off to the volunteers who make it happen, and here are some of their names–Sheri Bush (Soul2Sole), Jessica White (Middle School teacher), Megan Mickels (who will DJ at the event) and Dan Omo (finish line timing and order).
Donations will be gratefully received.
Sheri Bush at last year’s Junior soul2sole 5K Run
The kids are ready! As reported earlier on this website, the Junior soul2sole 5K will be held Saturday, May 17 at 8:30am on the Spirit Trail.
Activity will be begin at 8 am at the County Park on Ocean Beach Road. Kids will gather to get their race bibs and circle up for stretches, and the run will begin at 8:30am. Ready at the start will be 28 5th graders who have participated in the 6 week after-school training program.
Sheri Bush says she has volunteers along the course–at the corner of Ocean Beach Road and Lakeview Drive East and at the 1.5 mile marker to ensure that participants run the whole distance.
Clark Lake’s unofficial mayor, Dan Matthews
The Magic Forest section of the Spirit Trail becomes more magical as trees and plants begin to form an overhead canopy
You can tell that summer is on the way when the trees begin to bud, flowers push through the ground, dandelions make their presence known, and Clark Lake’s unofficial mayor, Dan Matthews, once again greets neighbors from his backyard on Lakeview Drive West. Today the air temperature reached mid 80s and water temperature hit 63 degrees. Two kids were seen swimming off a dock at Ocean Beach, although their entry into the lake seemed tentative.
As reported Tuesday on this website, JDOT is performing preliminary patching work in preparation of the paving and chip seal work later this summer on Jefferson Road. Thia preliminary work is expected to take about two weeks. Elsewhere around the county, there are plenty of road work projects. For a roundup from MLive, click here.
The extension project is the curved area on N. Lake Rd., between Rita Dr. and Grand Blvd
The Spirit Trail extension on North Lake Road from Rita Drive to Grand Blvd has the blessing of the County road engineer. Next it must go before the project must be approved by the Jackson County Commission. This will delay the project until it appears on their docket for the June meeting.
The motive of the Spirit Trail committee for this project is to create a safer environment for both users of the Trail and motorists. As you can see by the photo, there is substantial curve on this section of the Trail. For motorists, the speed limit is 45 mph, if they obey it. Cyclists, runners and walkers should use utmost caution. And having a separate surface for the Trail from the road will reduce potential hazards.
Becky Loechl with daughter Adelaide near Kentucky Point
Ashley Zuzelski on the York Dr. area of the Trail
As they sped by, one of the cyclists was heard to say “I love the Trail!”
Meanwhile, today’s sunny skies and warmer temperatures encouraged several to venture onto the Trail. Becky and daughter, Adelaide Loechl, from Marietta, Georgia, are visiting their relatives, Bob and Cherie Fish. Both are runners and Adelaide is on the track team at home. To keep in shape, mother and daughter took advantage of today’s weather. They return every couple years to participate in Run Clark Lake. Also out on the Trail today was Ashley Zuzelski. Three on bikes were spotted on the section of the Trail that was once the Cincinnati Northern Railway bed.
Around 2 pm today (Tuesday), the air temperature was 64; water temperature 56; and spring water, 50 degrees.
Photo taken May 6th, late morning on Jefferson Road near Hayes Rd and Q Lane.
If you traveled Jefferson Road today, you probably noticed road work signs popping up in the area of the lake. JDOT’s Joe Michalsky says that the County is “performing some preliminary patching work in preparation of the paving and chip seal work later this summer.” He expects this phase of the work to take a couple of weeks.
The motto of the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation and this website is “Standing Up for Clark Lake.” Sally Lyons recently turned that phrase on its head. How many times do you see someone on a paddle board standing on his or her head?
Wednesday, April 30th was a cloudy, but calm (and somewhat warm) day. And Sally says “I couldn’t resist–in spite of being a bit nervous about falling into the cold lake.” But she pulled it off as you can see from these photos.
Over the last few months, many have centered their thought on summer to take their minds off of what was going on outside. Sally must have been part of that crowd as she worked on plans for the coming season. She plans to teach beginning and intermediate Stand Up Paddle Board classes here at the lake. Says Sally, “It’s a great way to challenge your body, gain flexibility, build core strength, and enjoy the lake when it’s calm.” Sally is currently going through a 6-month yoga teacher certification class at Bhatki Yoga Studio of Brooklyn. You can reach out to Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org or (419) 509-3494.
The photos were taken by Sally’s husband, B.J. Lyons.
If you were watching the DamCam today, you perhaps noticed that the CarpGard grabbed an inflatable. Is it yours? Come get it before it sails down Goose Creek.
Boat towing lift over deep water on May 5th
There are times to be careful…and then there are times to be really careful!