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Mannington Main Street Debuts New Outdoor Fitness Area

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Mannington residents who take advantage of the city's rail trail now have another element to add to their outdoor fitness program.

It's almost like a jungle gym for adults but this one focuses solely on fitness.

"We saw this as a perfect opportunity seeing as the trail runs straight through our downtown, for us to create more activities and programs such as this one to offer to our residents," said Rana Taylor, Mannington Main Street.

The Benedum Foundation awarded Mannington Main Street $13,000 in March to develop a walking program with a twist.

"Instead of just walking and running they are able to do strength exercises, balance exercises, things like that give a different aspect to their exercise regimen," Taylor said.

There are 10 stations with a variety of exercises to choose from. For instance, one shows how to do a sit-up and how to do a leg raise. It will then go into detail on how many repetitions you should do whether you are a beginner or advanced.

"Getting them out is extremely important and that's the goal. Right now West Virginia is fourth highest in obesity rate in the nation. We are at 33.8 percent. So we have to do something," Taylor said.

The Marion County Commission agrees.

It has been working for several months to purchase the old CSX railroad and install a 16 mile walking trail from Barrackville to Mannington.

"Mannington already has about a mile and a half of rail trail now. We will start there and work our way toward Barrackville. Our first phase will be to Farmington," said Randy Elliott, Marion County Commission.

"We know eventually it's coming. If you build it, they will come. That's why we are trying to keep building things on the existing trail head," Taylor said.

Mannington Main Street will be applying for additional grants through the Benedum Foundation in the near future.

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