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Kalamazoo Named 2013 Runner Friendly Community by Road Runners Club of America

By Rosemary Parker,

KALAMAZOO, MI – Good places to run, community support, and local government support for running have earned Kalamazoo the title of a 2013 Runner Friendly Community by Road Runners Club of America.

According to an announcement from the club, Kalamazoo is one of four such cities that this year demonstrated an infrastructure that can foster physical activity in a safe environment; a proven track record that organizations and businesses work together to promote running as a healthy exercise and sport; and positive relationships between the running community and local government.

“The cities of Portage and Kalamazoo have a long-standing tradition of being proponents of infrastructure improvements to enhance physical activity for regional benefit,” said Portage Mayor Peter J. Strazdas. “The city embarked upon a multi-use trail system over 25 years ago and now has 18 miles of independent trails;the main trail is more than six miles in length and has distance markings and minimal road crossings.”


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