Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society
Flatbed Loops is a healthy-lifestyle initiative that the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (WNMS) has been hosting for the past six years. Each Monday evening from May to early August runners and walkers gather at 7:30 at the Lions Campground and do a timed two kilometre event, choosing from a flat course or a challenging hilly route. Times are posted on the WNMS website.
In 2012 there a record number of 131 people participated, up from 105 in 2011. An average of 29 people showed up each week (up from 23 in 2011) with a maximum of 45 on May 28. Flatbed Loops was held for 15 consecutive weeks, and provided ideal training for many Emperor’s Challenge participants.
There were some fine performances, with some athletes posting improving times for each successive week, a sure sign of increasing fitness. Special mention must be made of Thomas Phillips, who each week found the time to pick up all the garbage he found on route. Our top athletes use Flatbed Loops to fine-tune their fitness. Others come out deconditioned in the beginning, make new friends, participate together, and emerge in great shape at the end of the season.
Age range this year was from 5 to 80. For young and old, Flatbed Loops is a fun way to measure one’s improving fitness each summer, and enjoy the forest trails.