Posts Tagged ‘Flower City Park Palmyra’

Well, Adventure Foot readers, I must say that I’m feeling a little pressure about writing my first blog post since my super-sweet television debut on KHQA’s Morning Show.  If you missed the longer broadcast, click this link and prepare to be amazed (also prepare to see why bloggers generally stick to writing and avoid the un-editable live stuff)!

Anyway, to tamp down the nerves about what to write about next while simultaneously providing a springboard of potential ideas for readers to get their Adventure Foot out the door, I’m going to write (er.. .am in the process of writing) a post about the ideas I have for being active in the next few weeks.

As the Illinois Half Marathon and I-Challenge is quickly approaching (April  27th/28th), my first thought is about training.  This will be my second half marathon this year, and if it’s possible, I’m more nervous about it than I was for Little Rock.  Heck, I had no expectations going in to my race at Little Rock.  Now I have a time to live up to!  To that end, I’m thinking about going for a long run with the Heartland Road Runners and Walkers Club on Saturday.  If I can do double digit miles again, I guess I’m ready.

Since I’m going to train for some running anyway, I am thinking of going to participate in the 2nd Annual Story of H.O.P.E. 5K Fun Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention  next Saturday morning (April 14th) in the Flower City Park in Palmyra, MO.  It’s a lovely park, it’s a great and underrepresented cause, and it’s going to be fun.  Maybe while I’m over there running I’ll take a stroll through the JW Wells Nature Park, too.  There’s a 1 mile trail that’s good for a short hike and the park is home to at least 3 different geocaches… read more about that here!

And as long as I’m making plans for April, I have been tossing around the idea of participating in my very first triathlon.  The Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series in Springfield is hosting a Mini and a Sprint Triathlon on April 21.  I’m considering “tri-ing” the Mini.  There’ll be a pretty strong contingent of Quincy folks there, and hey, I feel like a 100 yard swim, 5 miles on my bike and a 1 mile run  is something I’m totally capable of.  There’s still time to sign up for either the mini or the sprint tri, or check this website for more triathlon dates in the series.

Besides all of these weekend ideas, I’ll have to make some decisions about what to do on the weekdays!

Ultimate Frisbee?

Mixed Martial Arts?

Bike Club?

Road Runners After Dark?

Morell Mushroom Hunting?

Disc Golf? 

… or all of the above.

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Disc golfing at Upper Moorman Park : From left, Dexter and Corey Miller, Kristin Brennan, Tom Keppner, Laura Sievert, Dalton Tappe and Kyle Miller.

Crisp autumn days are here, and it’s a great time to Get Out with your family or friends and try something new.  One of the most affordable and fun activities available in our area is disc golf!

Tom Keppner goes for birdie on a disc golf putt.

Disk golf — also called frisbee golf or “frolf” —  is an easy sport to learn and is a healthy and fun way to get your entire family out to be active together. There are several very nice disc golf courses in our area, and just last week, I went out to the course at Upper Moorman Park in Quincy with a group of friends for a nice afternoon round.

The rules of disc golf are similar to regular golf. The golfer steps up to a tee area and throws a disc toward a metal basket that acts as the hole.  Each hole on the course has a set par or suggested number of throws that it should take to get to the basket.  You score the hole the same as you would in golf — you count the total number of throws and the lowest total wins. You can score birdies, bogies, pars …  all the same terms as regular golf.

Frisbee golf discs are specially designed for the sport. Discs are labeled the same way as golf clubs. There are drivers, putters or discs with numbers on them that correspond to irons or woods. Each type of disc is shaped to optimize its flight to a certain distance. For example, drivers are meant to fly long and putters are shaped for short, accurate throws.

You don’t need all of the types of discs to get started though. In fact, if you’re just trying disc golf out for the first time,I’d suggest purchasing one driver and using it for the whole game. You can purchase discs many places, including MC Sports, Kmart or from any number of online sources.  Most recreational discs cost around $7-$15, so disc golf is a relatively inexpensive hobby to get started playing.

Corey Miller at the tee box for a disc golf hole at Upper Moorman Park in Quincy.

The other good news about disc golf is that after you have your Frisbees, there is not much cost in the sport. Courses in our area are all at public parks and are free!  And you don’t even really need a course — I highly recommend practicing by making a hole out of an orange Quincy Recycle bin, placing it behind the swing set in your back yard and using your tulip-poplar-tree as a hazard. But that’s just me.

Local courses include:

Upper Moorman Park in Quincy: 18 holes. Open until the Avenue of Lights closes the park in the winter.http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=1572

Flower City Park in Palmyra, Mo.: 18 holes, year round.  Map here:http://www.showmepalmyra.com/parksrec/disc_golf.pdf

Huckleberry Park in Hannibal, Mo.: 18 hole, year round. Includes two water hazards!   http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=1370

Wildcat Springs Park in Hamilton, Ill.: 18 holes, year round. Very pretty course with lots of trees and concrete tee boxes. http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=848

Rand Park in Keokuk, Iowa: 18 holes. Open until Keokuk City of Christmas Lights close the park in November. This is a lovely course at a park that has a stunning overlook to the Mississippi River.  There are also Rec Disk Golf Leagues here in the summer. http://www.iowabeautiful.com/southeast-iowa-tourism/23-rand-park.html

For more information and to search for other courses, check out http://www.dgcoursereview.com

*Thanks to Corey Miller with his help on putting together info for this article!

Original Post October 19, 2011

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