Spring Recreation

Spring Recreation

by Emily Sladek

As the daylight lingers longer and the temperatures begin to rise, more and more people can be seen outside. The threats of snow are slowly fading and barbecue grills are heating up, bicycles are making their way out of the back of the closet, and the flowers are being planted. Ah, spring. (It starts March 20, you know!) There are many things to look forward to this spring. As far as recreation goes, there are plenty of reasons to drag yourself off the couch and go out and enjoy what the area has to offer!


Cyclewerx in Cape is once again hosting the Klaus Park Kookout and Bicycle Bonanza. Every week, the Velo Girardeau Cycling Club and the Mountain Bikers as well as anyone else interested in bicycling will meet at Klaus Park just off of I-55. The choice is yours - you can hit the road, ride on the trails within the park, or simply grab a hotdog and some of the pot luck dishes brought to share and a couple friends and hang out. The event is weekly on Thursday evenings beginning March 14 with riders generally heading out anywhere from 5:30pm to just before dark.


In addition to bicycling, you may notice that our calendars have filled up with 5K's, walks, and fun runs. There is a lot to be said about dedicating yourself to complete one, especially for a good cause as most of them are. Some upcoming runs include Shine Light on Sexual Assault 5K on April 18 in honor of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. The nighttime 5K will be glow-themed and proceeds will go to the Beacon Health Center which provides counseling, forensic interviews, medical exams, advocacy, and case management services to victims of sexual assaults. Benefitting Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society, the Clownin' for a Cure 5K at Bootheel Harley Davidson on March 23 will be part of a big event. In addition to the morning 5K there will be face painting, beer pong, a poker run, clowns, a pet pageant, live music and more. Also, The Dogwood-Azalea festival in Charleston will host their annual 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk, and Youth and Toddler Race. Truly something for all ages, the festival will also have carnival rides, a pageant, home tours, beautiful seasonal blooms, a motorcycle show, fish fry and so much more. Don't forget to preregister for these as many of these events offer t-shirts and other memorabilia guaranteed to those who preregister. To see these and additional events, visit our Recreation Calendar.


Of course if cycling and running aren't your cup of tea, there are other recreational events that you may enjoy. For a cause like many of the 5K's, Crawlin' for a Cause at Outlaw Off-Road Park on April 13 is to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. The Mid America Morel Mushroom Festival and Hunt will get you in touch with nature as you search the approximately 500 acre Trail of Tear's Lodge in Jonesboro, IL for the edible mushrooms. Complete with an auction, cook off and trophies, this is a great way to get in touch with nature!


There are so many things to get you outdoors this spring. Check out all of these events and more on our Recreation Calendar.

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