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September 3, 2013

Exercise stations added along Mannington rail trail

FAIRMONT — Residents of Mannington who enjoy walking, biking and jogging on the rail trail can now add another element to their outdoor physical fitness routines.

Thanks to a grant from the Benedum Foundation to Mannington Main Street, two exercise stations have been placed at the city’s trail head.

Rana Taylor, director of Mannington Main Street, said the equipment is something residents have needed for a long time.

“There’s not much opportunity for physical fitness within the town,” Taylor said. “We don’t have a fitness center or anything, but a lot of people do get out and walk on the trail because it’s in a safe area.”

With the addition of the exercise equipment, which offers 10 exercises and includes features such as a pull-up bar, stretching stations, a balance beam and more, there are even more possibilities.

“People can stretch prior to and after their workout session to prevent injury,” Taylor said. “There are instructional signs on each station, too, that explain each activity.”

Taylor expects that the trail will see even more use as a result of the equipment.

Right now, Taylor said the trail extends about a mile and a half to the senior center, but it will soon be connected to Farmington. And as the trail grows, so do its opportunities.

 

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