Move It on the Mile

August 20, 2013

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Free Family Fun and Walking Event

Springfield’s largest health care providers are hoping you’ll lace up your walking shoes and get outside for a free family event. On Aug. 24, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. CoxHealth and Mercy will host the Medical Mile Kick-Off Walk and Dedication. The event is designed to get everyone familiar with the Medical Mile Trail, which runs along National Avenue and connects Mercy to the north with CoxHealth to the south. Participants can begin the walk at either hospital. It ends at the field located at the southwest corner of National and Montclair, where families can play games, watch a butterfly release, see cooking demonstrations by chefs from both hospitals and shop at a small farmers’ market. Local restaurants near the trail are also getting involved by offering discounts to those who attend the event.

The vision for the Medical Mile Trail began about five years ago, when community leaders, local businesses and the two hospitals began planning for a safe trail that would encourage walking, running and cycling for better health. The trail winds past McDaniel Park and the South Creek Greenway trailhead, linking the Medical Mile to an even larger trail system. The entire community is invited to this free event.

  • Medical Mile Kick-Off Walk
  • Participants can start at either CoxHealth (National and Primrose) or Mercy (National and Cherokee).
  • Dedication Ceremony at National and Montclair. Begins when the walk ends, and includes singers from Immaculate Conception School, Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens and representatives from both health systems.
  • Family Fun! The event includes performances, games, demonstrations and samples from hospital chefs and a butterfly release. It all wraps up about 11:30 a.m. There will be limited shuttle service available to help participants get back to Mercy.
  • Participate in a butterfly release! Sign up at Butterfly quantities are limited.
  • Receive discounts on healthy menu items at participating restaurants on or near the Medical Mile the day of the event. Participants include:

Big Fat Burritos

3354 S. National

D’Arpino’s Italian Café

3014 S. National

Einstein Bros. Bagels

1933 S. National

4440 S. Campbell

Mr. Goodcents Subs and Pasta

3342 S. National

Muscle Maker Grill

900 E. Battlefield, Suite 128

Nonna’s Italian Café

3512 S. National

Panera Bread

1670 E. Battlefield

Wannagetta Pizza

3302 S. National, Suite F

Which Wich Sandwiches

1155 E. Battlefield

Media Contacts

Sonya Kullmann
Berryville, Branson, Cassville, Lebanon, Mountain View, Rolla, Springfield, Aurora
Phone: 417-820-2426