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Methodist Dallas wants to keep you safe on the Katy Trail

Posted by Craig Premo on Nov 4, 2015 6:26:12 PM

A series of recent robberies on the popular Katy Trail in Dallas prompted Methodist to pledge support for increased patrols. Health and wellness is a big priority for Methodist Health System, which was recently voted Dallas’ healthiest employer by the Dallas Business Journal. The system wholly supports the Katy Trail, which allows thousands of North Texans to walk, jog, bike and skate their way to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center wants to keep runners, walkers and bikers safe on the Katy Trail, so for every person who signs up for our health and fitness e-newsletter, Methodist will donate $5 to Friends of the Katy Trail, up to $10,000. All the donations will go directly to support off-duty police bike patrols of the trail.

Sign-ups will be accepted through November 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Update: The significance of the Katy Trail 

When I moved to Dallas four years ago, I was a little overwhelmed by all the different neighborhoods in the metroplex. There are so many great spots for a singleton in her 30s to live – Oak Cliff, Uptown, Lakewood, Lower Greenville – just to name a few. I decided on Knox Henderson, and one of the main reasons was to live just blocks from the Katy Trail.

If you haven’t been there, the Katy Trail is a Dallas gem. The approximately 3.5 miles of beautifully landscaped trail runs from Mockingbird to the American Airlines Center, with great views of parts of the city. Restaurants along and adjacent to the trail welcome sweaty runners who sit down for post-run brunches or refreshments. On the Katy Trail, runners, walkers, skaters, cyclists and dog walkers exercise in harmony. We keep each other safe with a chorus of “on your left!” to signify when a faster person or vehicle is passing.

The running community was horrified to learn that our safety is being jeopardized by armed robbers. Five people were robbed at gunpoint on the Katy Trail over Halloween weekend. The crimes didn’t happen in the middle of the night. They happened on Saturday at 6:50 and 7:20 a.m. and Sunday at 1:40 and 1:45 p.m. These are times when the trail is crowded and people typically feel safe.

Health and wellness is a big priority for Methodist Health System, which was recently voted Dallas’ healthiest employer by the Dallas Business Journal. The system wholly supports the Katy Trail and all it does to allow thousands of North Texans to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. We want to take part in making the trail safe for everyone.

For every person who signs up for Methodist’s free health and fitness e-newsletter, Methodist will donate $5 to Friends of the Katy Trail, up to $10,000. The donation will support off-duty bike patrols of the trail. You can sign up here through November 13 at 5:00 p.m.

I frequent the trail to train for half marathons and to train my Shih Tzu for 5ks. But this week, I’ve stuck to walking the dog on my block and going to spin class. I’m not alone - the robberies have kept many runners and walkers off the trail this week. It’s a shame – we’re right in the middle of the brief window Dallas has between really hot and really cold. Staying away from the trail means some runners training for December’s Dallas Marathon are stuck on treadmills. Dogs are getting cabin fever. And children are now riding their bikes on their driveways. Let’s change that by doing our part to keep the trail safe. Click here and help Methodist Health System make a difference.

Methodist Support Katy Trail Runners

Stacy Covitz is a Kansas City girl who has called Dallas home for the past four years. She worked as a news producer for more than 10 years before transitioning to healthcare in 2012. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of External Relations at Methodist Health System. Stacy and her Shih Tzu, Maddie, frequent the Katy Trail to keep Maddie in 5k racing shape! This photo was taken after the 2014 Jingle Bell Run.

Topics: Wellness

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