The event celebrates physical fitness and draws attention to BPAC projects, which help supply funding for Mt. Juliet sidewalks, bike lanes and greenways.
This year’s event will feature three courses that start and finish at the pavilion in Sgt. Jerry Mundy Park at 300 Mundy Memorial Drive in Mt. Juliet. The event will run from 2-4 p.m. and will be free to the public. There will be two courses for walkers and runners. The short course will cover 3.1 miles and travel along Belinda Parkway, South Rutland Road, Stratford Drive and Legacy Park Road. The longer course will be 4.5 miles. Cyclists will 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.
The Walk, Run & Roll annually is a family friendly event with several water stops, including one at Mt. Juliet Fire Station No. 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 & Roll will include a StoryWalk for families 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 Mundy Park. The StoryWalk is funded through a grant from the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University in a partnership with 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 younger will be able to register to win a child’s bike, courtesy of the Veloteers Bicycle Club. StoryWalk participants can register to win copies of the book, “Sally Jean the Bicycle Queen,” courtesy of 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 School, all of which are made possible with grant money secured by BPAC and matching funds provided by the city,” said Art Giles, Mt. Juliet city commissioner and chairman of BPAC. “If you walk, run or ride, we invite you to join us on Sunday, Sept. 17 to show your support for these local projects.”
Mt. Juliet BPAC is made up of volunteers from the community with the goal to guide the city plans for safe walking, running and cycling infrastructure improvements. BPAC is an advisory committee to the Mt. Juliet City Commission with no decision or policymaking authority.
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