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PC R-I Open For Fitness


    Area residents seeking to boost their fitness level this winter are welcome to use the Putnam County R-I facilities and/or participate in evening fitness classes. 

            The school is open for walkers every weekday before and after school.   Walkers should enter through the west high school entrance which is open from 4:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. most days.  The elementary, middle and high schools are all essentially under one roof, providing an interesting walk.

            The Fitness Center, located on the east side of the high school is also open before and after school.  The fitness center has a cardio room which contains two treadmills, two ellipticals and a stationary bike, as well as two televisions.  The equipment in the weight room has been updated this year and features 14 machines and benches.  A men’s and women’s bathroom and water fountain are all located in the fitness center.  Users of the fitness center are asked to replace weights on the designated racks as a courtesy and show respect to the facilities.  At this time, usage of the fitness center is free.  Please call 947-3361, ext. 301 to receive the keypad code to enter the fitness center.

            When the weather is nice, the PC campus provides several walking/running opportunities.  The Prairie Trail, a .6 mile walking trail, was completed two years ago and is located south of the school.  The cement part of the trail winds from the parking lot through the softball complex and has a turnaround area by the football practice field.  From the turnaround point on, the trail is gravel and goes to the east property line of the school.    The school buildings also have cement sidewalks on all sides, providing an alternative walking route, and the track at the football stadium is available unless it is wet.  A fundraising project is underway for a new track and over $27,000 has been raised to date.

    For a fee of $25, patrons can take 15 sessions of aerobics.  Aerobics is taught by Barb Mitchell and is meeting in the elementary gym from 5:45 to 6:45 Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Mrs. Mitchell’s aerobics class combines cardio and strength training and is for persons at all levels of fitness.  Students are encouraged to bring a towel or mat as well as hand weights.  No pre-registration is required for aerobics.