Stomping through the snow

Parks and Recs offers event for all ages

EVART — To help residents find enjoyment during the long, gray days of winter, the Evart Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an event to get the blood flowing and encourage fellowship between friends, neighbors and family members.

Snow Stomp 2014 will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, and feature a snowshoe fun run, bonfire and nature hike. The run's course will be a 5K set up around the airport, while the 5K nature hike will lead participants through the wooded area west of the airport.

"The event is to get outside, get past sitting in the house," said Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilson. "We have plenty of open spaces that are really nice places to go to in wintertime."

The snowshoe hobby has picked up since the department began a small program for area residents, and the Snow Stomp idea stemmed from its increasing popularity.

"We seem to have a local following and we'll hopefully get those who like to snowshoe from outside the area, too," Wilson added.

A bonfire will help attendees keep warm, while refreshments will fill their stomachs. The activity also is a great way for individuals and families to try snowshoeing for the first time in a fun, relaxing environment, Wilson said.

"If you can walk, you can snowshoe," he added. "For me, the enjoyment is getting into the woods. It's a workout."

Participation is $5 and registration will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the event. All participants will receive a commemorative badge and sticker. Snow shoes for adults will be available to borrow for the activity, but are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about Snow Stomp 2014, call Mark Wilson at (231) 734-2181.