It’s time to get out there walking. And the new Ottumwa Trails system is a great place to do that.

On Saturday, we want to make it even better.

So, put your walking shoes on and get out your wallet.

Saturday is an opportune time to show your support for Ottumwa’s trails and give a donation to make the trails bigger and better.

You’ll hear some of us media types on the radio Saturday morning, promoting Ottumwa, the trails plan and the chance for you, the listener, to help support this wonderful endeavor.

The “One Foot at a Time” Mediathon will be based at KLEE-KOTM Radio in Ottumwa and is also sponsored by the Ottumwa Courier, KMGO Radio of Centerville and KELR Radio of Chariton.

The goal is $30,000, according to Tim Schwartz, chairman of the Iowa Great Places initiative which includes expanding the trails system as part of the city’s plan to be a Great Place.

The funds will be used for the eight-mile trail system, part of which is done along the Des Moines River levees in the middle of Ottumwa. Looping the trails around the area is part of the future plan.

KLEE-KOTM radio station owner Tom Palen said donors will be rewarded with prizes, “big and small.”

The trail system, Palen said, will further enhance Ottumwa as a destination location.

We know it will, adding to our other great initiatives including our new civic center.

So, look for media types out and about — live remotes are planned at North Hy-Vee and Quincy Place mall, according to Courier advertising director Dan Canny who will emcee the mediathon from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Supporters say the eight-mile Ottumwa Trail System can be built at a cost of $25 per foot.

You can call in your support at (641) 684-0383. Lisco has donated the phone lines. Operators, of course, will be standing by.

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