The Mt. Juliet Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) presents the fourth annual Walk, Run & Roll on Sunday, September 17, 2017. The event is organized to celebrate physical fitness and draw attention to BPAC projects which help supply funding for Mt. Juliet sidewalks, bike lanes and greenways.
This year’s event features three courses that start and finish at the pavilion in Sgt. Jerry Mundy Park, located at 300 Mundy Memorial Drive in Mt. Juliet. The event will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public. There are two courses for walkers and runners, with the short course covering 3.1 miles and will travel along Belinda Parkway, South Rutland Road, Stratford Drive and Legacy Park Road. The longer course is 4.5 miles. Cyclists follow the same roads on a 5.5 mile loop and are invited to do multiple laps. All turns will be clearly marked and many will have Mt. Juliet police officers and volunteers stationed at them. This is a family-friendly event with several water stops including one at Mt. Juliet Fire Station #1 that will be open for tours. Walkers, runners, and cyclists of all skill levels are invited to attend and cyclists are required to wear a helmet.
This year’s Walk, Run and Roll includes a StoryWalk for familes with small children. The StoryWalk will feature the book “Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen” and will be presented at 17 reading stations each separated by a short walk in Sgt. Mundy Park. The StoryWalk is funded through a grant from the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University in a partnership with the BPAC and the Mt. Juliet Public Library. “StoryWalks are designed to fight childhood obesity and promote literacy” said BPAC member Sally Robertson.
Participants 12 and under can register to win a child’s bike courtesy of the Veloteers Bicycle Club. Participants of the StoryWalk can register to win copies of the book “Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen” courtesy of the BPAC. All participants can register to win a free bike tune-up certificate, helmet and a floor pump from Biker’s Choice.
“Within the next year residents will see the start of the Belinda City sidewalk project, Lebanon Road sidewalk project and a Safe Routes to School sidewalk to Elzie Patton Elementary, all of which are made possible with grant money secured by the BPAC and matching funds provided by the city” said Art Giles, Mt. Juliet City Commissioner and Chairman of the BPAC. “If you walk, run or ride we invite you to join us on Sunday September 17th to show your support for these local projects.”
The Mt. Juliet BPAC is made up of volunteers from the community with the goal of guiding the city plans for safe walking, running and cycling infrastructure improvements. The BPAC is an advisory committee to the City Commission with no decision or policy making authority.
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