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New Loop the Loop Routes Added for 2018

KANNAPOLIS — Loop the Loop, the system of walking, running or biking routes in downtown Kannapolis, is expanding.

The will now include routes at A.L. Brown High School, Woodrow Wilson, Shady Brook, Jackson Park, Fred Wilson and Carver schools.

“We are excited to be able to expand the Loop the Loop program to include the schools. Using a REACH grant from the Cabarrus Health Alliance and working in collaboration with the schools, this is an opportunity to bring the loops to our local neighborhoods. It is a wonderful addition to our Discover a Healthy Life initiative,” said city spokeswoman Annette Privette Keller.

“One of our primary goals is to encourage everyone to get active regardless of income level. Loop the Loops helps our community do that. It’s been great to see so many people on the loops each week and we look forward to seeing that number grow,” said Erin Shoe, chief operating officer of the Cabarrus Health Alliance.

Superintendent Chip Buckwell said the Kannapolis City Schools system is excited to be part of the effort.

“Our children, staff and families now have a wonderful opportunity to link their education to their efforts to be healthy in a safe setting,” Buckwell said. “Schools and classrooms can also be challenged to get and stay healthy.”

Loop the Loop was launched last year by the city to encourage walking, running and biking using half-mile, one-mile and two-mile routes. More than 500 people signed up in 2017 to be eligible for prizes by meeting mileage goals.

Route distances are designated by different colors. Signage and sidewalk markers aid those using the loops.

The city will again offer prizes for participants. The goal is to complete 150 miles by the end of 2018. Prizes are given at the end of each quarter.

The free program is open to everyone. Participants can register online, download a map of the routes and track their miles at www.kannapolisnc.gov/looptheloop.

Loop the Loop is part of the city’s Discover a Healthy Life initiative and the Cabarrus Health Alliance REACH Program. The goal is to bring a friend, meet new friends and enjoy the scenic downtown, the schools, Village Park, Bakers Creek Park and Bakers Creek Greenway – all while exercising.

REACH is a three-year effort focused on reducing health disparities among African-American and Hispanic populations in Cabarrus County. Increasing physical activity opportunities is one of the primary program objectives.

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