Here’s the scoop. August 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m@ Hyland Park in Bloomington. Demo is Free and includes a 15 minute intro to Nordic walking followed by about a 45 minute walk. The Hyland GreenFit Club starts this Fall (with registration opening August 1). Poles available for use. We will meet at the Hyland Visitor Center at Hyland Lake. Call for more info: 763-694-7726
The GreenFit Club is a club that meets three times a week: one day we Nordic walk, another day is yoga, and the third day consists of some outdoor recreation activity (like canoeing or archery). Meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday
September 6-November 29, 5:30-6:30 PM
For registration and a schedule of activities, visit www.ThreeRiversParks.org or call 763.559.6700 and reference activity #423117-00.
I’m fortunate to live in such a green area that features many parks that are great in of themselves but I’ve found that certain ones have become my favorites when Nordic Walking. Just today, I hit Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville and was once again reminded about what a gem of a park this is. It is all natural and well maintained but not over done with man-made aesthetics. This nature trail has many route options and even one through a wooded area. I’ve seen many and heard more birds within this park. Eagles can often be seen as well. Another favorite park of mine is Woodlake Nature Center in Richfield.
What? In the city? Yes, another gem. It is located near 35W and 66th Street. Star Tribune article
, (neat pics) A great place for a quick but enjoyable nature walk. Wonderful for all abilities. The Nature Center is an educational venue where everyone can learn something new. One last park I need to mention is Cleary Lake Park
in Prior Lake. First off, I like this park because it is so close to my residence and secondly they have both paved and unpaved trails. Spring and Fall are the best times for the nature trails. They have plenty of amenities too. Whatever your favorite park is, use it graciously and thank our city founders for having the intuition to create them for us and our future generations.
You are welcome to use your Nordic Walking poles this Thursday 7/28 @ 6:30pm @ Hyland Park in Bloomington. 4.5 miles. This is the first of five races that Lifetime is offering this late Summer / early Fall. All races are off trail and fully supported. If you are a Lifetime member the cost is only $15. and if not a member it is $20. You’ll receive a tshirt and beer after the race if you so desire. Come join me and others there. You’ll see me there with my poles in hand ready to go! See their website for more info and to register. http://www.ltftrailseries.com
The Heart of Summer 5K was Saturday. We had 13 Nordic Walkers in the event, women who had participated in the Women on the Move summer training and celebrated with a successful 5K walk around Lake Nokomis. It was inspiring to train and to walk with these women. Over the 8 weeks they learned bunches about how to better take care of their hearts and their lives. They were enthusiastic and energized by their goal to do a 5K event. They worked hard, pushed themselves and stepped it up on Saturday to finish before the rain hit. The wind and impending storm only added to their excitement about their accomplishment!
Congratulations to all who walked or ran the Heart of Summer!
This week there is Nordic Walking in every section of the Twin Cities. So no more excuses, come on out and try it!
Central: Tuesday June 14 6:30pm
Centennial Lakes in Edina, Nordic Walking Tuesdays with Hoigaard’s. Meet us at the pavilion below Chuckie Cheese. Free use of poles, free quick intro.
Western: Thursday June 16 1pm and 6:30pm
Arboretum Outdoors with Hoigaard’s Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Free admission (just say nordic walking at the gate) free use of poles with ID, free quick intro
Eastern: Saturday June 18 10am-12noon
Outdoors! Extra with Minnesota State Parks Gateway Trail, Hadley parking lot. Free Nordic Walk, free parking, free use of poles with ID and free quick intro
Southern: Saturday June 18, 9:10am
Nordic Walk This Way Free Nordic Walk at Ritter Farm Park in Lakeville Free use of poles with ID, free parking, option of yoga before walking.
Northern: Tuesday June 21 6pm registration, 7pm Nordic Walk.
Nordic Walk for Wolves Benefit fun 5K walk for the International Wolf Center. Register online or register that nite. $25 donation for adults
See you out there! We’ll be the ones with the poles!
One of the best things about Nordic Walking is the chance to use my poles as an excuse to explore all of the beautiful parks and trails in the metro area. We are blessed with miles and miles of opportunity, the hard part is deciding where to go. With Hoigaard’s Nordic Walking Tuesdays we try to choose parks in all parts of the cities, from Minnehaha Falls to French Regional Park to Elm Creek to Hyland Lake Park Reserve, we have our favorites and still many we haven’t even tried.
You’re cordially invited to come and Nordic Walk at these fun events in June!
Saturday, June 4 – National Trails Day 9-11am Whether you’re south or north we’ve got you covered. Choose Hyland Lake Park Reserve or Elm Creek Park Reserve for a morning walk in the park. Bring your poles, bring your friends, we’ll bring extra poles, free to use with ID, and provide quick intro’s for anyone new to Nordic Walking. You can enjoy your own walk at any time or join us for the group walk at 10am. Meet us at the visitor center inside either park.
Saturday, June 18 - Outdoors Extra! 10am-12noon Nordic Walking with MN State Parks on the Gateway Trail. Come to enjoy this beautiful trail that starts in the city of St. Paul at Cayuga/L’Orient Streets, travels northeast through the cities of Maplewood, North St. Paul, and Oakdale, through Washington County, and ends at Pine Point Regional Park, just four miles northwest of the city of Stillwater. We’ll meet at the Hadley Trailhead and walk the local part of the trail. Poles will be available for use with ID.
Wednesdays June 1-July 20 Women on the Move! This 8 week program, offered by the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, is including Nordic Walking as a training option for the first time this year. Nordic Walk and train with other women as you enjoy the trails around Lake Nokomis. Your registration fee includes entry into the Heart of Summer 5K on July 23.
Check out our events page for more information on upcoming pole friendly events in June and July.
It turned out to be a nice day on May 9th after all. I fretted all morning about the dismal skyline, but the clouds parted and the sun came out and my jacket came off and a smile returned to my face. Thanks to all that came to the open house and tried out poles, listened to speakers, volunteered and stayed for the group walk. Wood Lake Nature Center, in Richfield, was an excellent venue for this because they a beautiful indoor center and a great natural surface on which to Nordic Walk on. If you have not tried out this park, head on over and give it a stroll. The largest outer loop is 1.8 miles and you’ll see all sorts of wildlife in a natural setting. Parking and use of park is free.
Now if you missed the open house and you still want to try Nordic Walking you can go about it two ways. One, sign up for a class, see here. Or you can attend a local event where you can demo the poles, for instance, at Eagan’s 5k your Way this Saturday, 5/21, (9-12) at the Community Center they’ll have a Nordic Walking “Try-It” Station. Or please join us for World Nordic Walking Day 5/22 and you can borrow some poles there (with ID) and try it out during the one hour free walk. Current Nordic Walkers welcome!! Times and locations here:
8am Lake Calhoun, Thomas Beach, 11am Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville. 1:30 Lebanon Hills Visitor Ctr, Eagan.
The sun came out today and I have hopes of putting away my wool sweaters, I’m not doing it yet tho. But it does give me hope that we might have a beautiful day for our first annual Nordic Walking Open House on Monday, May 9 from 2-7:30pm. In case of rain, event held indoors with enough space to show you how to Nordic Walk.
One of the goals of Great Lakes Nordic Walkers is to bring together the curious and the experienced walkers to share the fun and fitness of Nordic Walking. When Rhea suggested we do an Open House at Wood Lake Nature Center I had never even heard of this beautiful gem of a park. Now it’s one of my favorite places to suggest to anyone looking for a new walk or just the opportunity to sit quiet and enjoy the natural surroundings.
We have a great line up of clinics, Tom Rutlin of Exerstrider is joining us to present Nordic Walking for Stability and Balance as well as a special introduction to the unique technique of his Exerstrider poles. Other clinics will be “What’s the Buzz” conversations about Nordic Walking and what it’s all about, Nordic Walking for Girl Scouts Fitness Walking Badge, Nordic Walking for Runners and Active Body Active Brain. The complete schedule is available here.
All afternoon there will be Nordic Walking Instructors available with poles to introduce you to the joys of walking with poles. Whenever you come I can guarantee you a lesson! Doesn’t get much better than that.
The afternoon will finish with a group walk at 6:30pm. As always poles will be available (with ID) for the walk and all levels of energy and expertise are invited. Bring your poles, bring a friend, come meet new friends on the trail.
This event will kick off a great summer of Nordic Walking. See you there!
If you live north of the cities may I suggest a visit to Nordic Walk at Silverwood Park in St Anthony.
It’s just off 694 and Silver Lake Road and it’s a delightful surprise.
Silverwood is the newest and most unique of the Three Rivers Park District Parks. The buildings and grounds all share a deep respect for the earth. The visitor center is made with wood from the white oaks that once stood on the property and is designed to use the sun for day-lighting and the earth for heating and cooling. Rain from the roof and the patio is all collected in an underground cistern which in turn provides water for the outdoor landscaping. The Sliverwood Coffee Shop specializes in organic and local foods. The whole experience is good for you and for the planet.
The walking path is paved and circles through the park. It’s just over a mile, do it both directions and do take the bridge over to the island and wander along the lake shore a bit. The iced mocha at the end of the walk was perfect!
Sometimes it takes a visitor to get one to explore their own backyard. I have never been to the 60 acre Caponi Art Park in Eagan in the past and I have to report that this is an excellent
Caponi Trail - Nordic Walk it sometime!
place to Nordic Walk. Suburbia, wooded, maintained, two abreast nature trails, and Free! Donations appreciated. Maps are available where one should park or click here. Enter and walk in tunnel that goes under Diffley road. You can admire the sculptures and cruise the trails. Leave your rubber paws in the car. Bring a camera instead! Please comment if you know of a great place to Nordic Walk.