ABC Run/Walk #115 is January 9

by Merlin Anderson (

ABC Run #115 to benefit the Sugar Grove Nature Center will be 9:00 a.m., Saturday, January 9, at the Sugar Grove Nature Center (doors open at 8:30).  

This event is free, with the opportunity for a free-will donation to Sugar Grove Nature Center. 
Donations will go towards monarch butterfly education materials and a teepee shelter in Imagination Grove.

Donations of any amount are welcome.  If you contribute $25 or more and sign a membership form, you will receive a membership to Sugar Grove Nature Center.

Come out to enjoy a winter wonderland by running, walking, cross-country skiing, or snow-shoeing.  
Angela Funk, the director of the nature center, will make sure we have a variety of beverages and treats to enjoy.  Meg will, of course bring her signature coffee cake.  Bring something to share if you wish. 

The main running course is a 7 mile loop course on roads.  You can make this a shorter course by turning around at any point.  I hope to lead some adventurers on a trail run (conditions permitting).

Hope to see you there!   

Directions from Bloomington, IL to the Sugar Grove Nature Center (4532 N. 725 East Road):
Take I-55 South (toward St. Louis).
Take the Shirley exit (the first exit) #154.
Turn right at the top of the off-ramp, on County Road 34.
Turn left at the T-intersection onto Old Route 66.
Proceed approximately 4.5 miles to Funks Grove Road.  Turn right.
Proceed over railroad tracks, and take the first left.
At this point, there will be signs for Sugar Grove Nature Center.  Follow this road.
At the Dead End sign, continue straight.
The road will open up to prairie and you will see the nature center buildings on your right.
When you come to the gravel lane, turn right, and proceed to the parking lot.

p.s.  Thanks so much to all who supported Adopt-A-Family (ABC#114).  The $829 donated is enough to provide a wonderful Christmas for our assigned family plus a really good start toward supporting another family! 

Tentative schedule of upcoming ABC runs:

ABC #116, at/for Scott Early Learning Center, will likely be on Sunday, February 7. 
ABC #117, at Robyn Walter’s home, for Children’s Home & Aid, will likely be Saturday, March 5.


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