TEAM AWESOME Marathon Update
Zach and Alicia Wicks of Shaler have made a HUGE commitment to the Allegheny County Parks Foundation by running the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on May 1 on our behalf. They've enlisted two friends for a relay team and are pledging to raise $800 to directly benefit our North Park Lake Trail project.
Zach's commitment actually dates back two years ago when he assessed his own fitness level and didn't like what he saw. "I've got to do something," he decided. So the environmental consultant started running. Now, he's 35 pounds lighter and several medals heavier after completing two half-marathons and lots of races in between. It's official; he's hooked!
He recruited Alicia, a dental hygienist and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, to join his relay team. While completing the online application, he noticed that Team Awesome of the Allegheny County Parks Foundation was looking for runners. For the couple, who will be celebrating their fifth anniversary this summer, it was a no-brainer. "We love the parks. We run in North Park every weekend. After work on weeknights, I run in Hartwood Acres. It made sense to run to raise money for the parks, and when I found out the Pittsburgh Marathon team benefits North Park, I was in," Zach said. Their good friends, Amy Holmgren and Chad Shinsky of Carnegie round out the relay team.
This year, funds raised by Team Awesome will directly benefit road improvements on the popular five-mile trail around North Park Lake. "Love the Loop" is an ambitious plan to make the heavily traveled stretch safer for the many visitors who use it, particularly by widening the roadway. Last spring the Parks Foundation completed improvements to the Ingomar Road section, and constructed a path along the lake shore anchored at Babcock Boulevard and the Ingomar Road "Gateway" that included the restoration of the Babblebrook picnic shelter. We also built an accessible path to the lake for fishing and added a rain garden with native species.
Inspired by Zach and Alicia's commitment? Love North Park? There's still time to register - for free!!