Duhawks offer helping hands to area trail
Thu, Oct. 4, 2012 - [Cross Country]

As the fall semester started and the 2012 Loras College cross country season began, members of both the men's and women's teams set out to chip in with some helping hands at Heritage Trail. The 26-mile trail runs along the Little Maquoketa River from the North End of Dubuque County to Dyersville, Iowa. 


The Duhawks spent an afternoon near the Durango access point clearing away brush that was on or around the trail – improving access, use, and appearance to one of the areas most treasured spots for runners and bikers.


This is the second time the Duhawks have taken their annual service trip to Heritage Trail.  


Additionally, the trail serves a bit of a history lesson on the area with its lead ore and ties to Native American residents.


Other trips under head coach Bob Schultz have included Cedar Rapids flood relief in 2008, downtown Dubuque flood relief after last year's heavy rains, and some Little Maquoketa burial grounds restoration and cleanup. Each of these events are a part of the team's preseason schedule.


"It is a great opportunity to get our student-athletes involved in service," Schultz noted. "We've done this during the first week of practice every year, and so it also provides a great chance for team building."


"We do almost all of our long runs there," Schultz noted.


"Our kids do gain a little ownership of the space in doing this particular project. The running community and DNR are certainly appreciative of our efforts and we're happy to chip in."


In addition to the leisurely runs, local races are run annually on the trail.