Walk for Wellness
— by Betsy Haugen
The NCSL Summit Walk for Wellness on August 21 got off to a slow start due to rain and lightning, but ended on a positive note. Held just blocks away from the conference center and hotels, at lovely Loring Park, the ninth annual fun 5k walk/run drew around 25 hardy participants. The event was started by a coalition of legislative caucuses to offer an opportunity for exercise during a long week of meetings.
I worked alongside two NCSL staff persons handing out t-shirts, water, and snacks. Participants, including librarians Sabah (CA) and Jennifer (CT), were great sports and cheerfully braved the rain and resulting puddles. It was a fun way to start the day—despite the weather!
Bipartisan Bike Ride
—by Alyssa Novak
On Friday, I woke up at the crack of dawn and pedaled my green Nice Ride bike to the Minneapolis Convention Center. As I rode up in the early morning twilight, I saw a swarm of very enthusiastic NCSL attendees ready to embark on the 2014 Bipartisan Bike Ride.
The ride was hosted by BikeTexas, an organization that brought 150 bikes up from the Lone Star State to outfit our ride across Minneapolis.
After getting outfitted with the appropriate helmets and bikes, we fueled up on some breakfast snacks and got ready to hit the road.
Our ride first went through downtown Minneapolis with the helpful escort of the Minneapolis Police Department. Near Target Field baseball stadium we jumped on the Cedar Lake trail and then connected to the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway along the Mississippi River.
The morning was cool and slightly overcast, perfect for enjoying a leisurely ride and viewing the great scenery along Minneapolis’ riverfront. At the Stone Arch Bridge we stopped to take a group picture, and then headed back toward the convention center to start our last day at the Legislative Summit.
The best part was the commemorative bike shirt that we got to take home!