LFW Member Spotlight – Leslie Snare
Apr26

LFW Member Spotlight – Leslie Snare

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s director-at-large, Leslie Snare! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am currently serving as the director-at-large for Living Fort Wayne, which means that I’m basically the liaison between Living Fort Wayne and Young Leaders Northeast Indiana (YLNI). I oversee the strategic direction of our website and social media presence. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne Besides LFW, you’ll probably find me running the trails or in a local race. I’ve got two goals for 2017—to qualify as an Ironrunner with the Fort Wayne Running Club and to complete my first full marathon at Fort4Fitness this fall. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Oh, I’m definitely heading to southern California…I love the laid back vibes of San Diego, plus the mountains, the oceans, and the year round warm weather would keep my running shoes perpetually laced up! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? That’s a tough one, but I’d have to say I’d definitely take someone to Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown. Visit Fort Wayne hosts this annual event where a lot of the downtown museums and attractions offer free admission, so it’s a great opportunity to check out the best of downtown, like the Botanical Gardens, the Embassy Theatre, and the historic Allen County Courthouse. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I’ve never done karaoke, and have terrible stage fright, so it’s definitely not high on my priority list. That being said, you can often catch me singing along to Kings of Leon or car dancing to any number of hip hop or EDM songs. Don’t judge. Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com...

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LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks
Jun07

LFW Top Picks for Summer Runs and Walks

Summer has finally hit the Fort, which means it’s perfect outside for a run! That being said, Living Fort Wayne has assembled a list of runs and walks for this Summer season! What’s also perfect is how many runs and walks we have in Fort Wayne to participate in. Don’t miss out on these opportunities to not only better yourself, but help our community raise money for organizations. Frontier Run’n Fun 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: 8001 West Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Time: 7 pm Cost: $35 A run hosted by Frontier and managed by Fort Wayne Running Company, this event promises a good time running through Southwest Fort Wayne trails. Shirts will be handed out and an after party will be thrown with refreshments and live music. There will also be a 10k course for those who dare to do such a thing.   RibFest 5k & Walk When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Headwaters Park Time: 8 am Cost: $20 until June 14th, $25 until June 17th Ribs and running? Sign me up! All participants will receive not only one but TWO FREE passes to this year’s RibFest, a free t-shirt, and other swag to take home after the race. All proceeds will go to the North Side High School Athletics!   Quakers Riverway 5k When: Saturday, June 18th Where: Johnny Appleseed Park Time: 6:30 pm Cost: $20 until June 17th, $25 day of race Race for a cause! Awards and prizes will be handed out following the race. There’s even a FREE kids run at 7:30 pm! Also, Weigand Construction will be hosting their 28th Annual Duck Race to benefit SCAN following the run. Not to mention a legendary after party with kids activities and fireworks. All proceeds will go towards SCAN and their mission to educate others on how to Stop Child Abuse and Neglect.   Fox Island Sprint Triathlon When: Sunday, June 19th Where: Fox Island County Park Time: 7 am Cost: $50 for USAT members and $65 for non-USAT members This is not for the faint of heart, folks. Triathlon includes a 500m swim, 20k bike, and 5k run with other options for duathlon and aquabike courses. Come trek these trails in this beautiful park and have fun winning the race!   The Glo Run When: Friday, June 24th Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Time: 9:35 pm Cost: $29.99 for Early Bird (ends June 8th), Regular $60 Who doesn’t love the ’80s? If you do, join us at the Glo Run! Filled with neon lights and funky ’80s dance music, this is an event I will definitely be signing up for! You...

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Girls on the Run 5K Promises Girl-Powered Fun
May19

Girls on the Run 5K Promises Girl-Powered Fun

What’s the best kind of 5K to enjoy with your closest lady friends? How about one that encourages tutus, finishes with a coronation, and lets you meet your favorite local mascots? On Saturday, May 30, the Girls on the Run 5K combines a 5K-distance run/walk with fun activities for all ages. This girl-powered run/walk event is hosted by Girls on the Run of Northeast Indiana, one of more than 200 nationwide councils of Girls on the Run International. Now in its fourth season, the local chapter (formerly called Girls on the Run of Allen County) has grown to include ten teams that meet twice a week at various Northeast Indiana locations. Despite its name, Girls on the Run is much more than a running club. At each meeting, third to fifth grade girls participate in interactive lessons on topics like resisting negative talk, practicing gratitude, and making healthy choices. Running and physical activities are used to add excitement and build confidence. The program also prepares each girl for a 5K race, which culminates each session. The upcoming Girls on the Run 5K will celebrate the hard work of 100+ girls who are currently wrapping up the spring session. But the entire community is encouraged to join the sparkly, feather-boa-draped fun! The 5K is open to regional runners and walkers of all ages. Even better, every finisher receives a tiara! Before and after the race, participants can decorate their hair and face with glitter and face paint, snap selfies at a photo booth, or create a poster to cheer on their favorite runner. A group of more than a dozen local sports, high school and promotional mascots will entertain the crowd with a friendly and competitive 50-yard dash. Runners and walkers can sign up online or register the day of the race. Money raised from the 5K will help Girls on the Run of Northeast Indiana provide sliding-scale financial assistance and expand the program to even more regional girls. Whether you are a grown-up girl, are the parent of a girl, or think girls are pretty great – the Girls on the Run 5K is the perfect place to celebrate the limitless potential of all ladies. Girls on the Run believes in showing girls that they CAN embrace who they are, define who they want to be, rise to any challenge, and change the world. At the Girls on the Run 5K, you CAN too! Girls on the Run 5K Where: Georgetown Square When: Saturday, May 30, 2015. Race starts at 8:30 am Cost: $25 through May 19, increasing to $30 after Registration: www.runrace.net/gotr For More Info:...

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