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Walkers, bikers enjoy free breakfast during Bike, Walk and Wheel Week

Friday, May 18, 2012 | 2:56 p.m. CDT; updated 3:04 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 18, 2012
Eileen Johnson helps Kevin Yang pour some water at the ARC on Friday morning for National Bike to Work Day. Companies provided a free breakfast to anyone who was walking, biking or riding the bus to work in the morning.

COLUMBIA — Doughnuts are good. Doughnuts with sprinkles — even better.

Five stations located throughout Columbia provided doughnuts, bananas and other breakfast food to commuters and students alike Friday morning for  Breakfast Station Day, which marks the second-to-last day of Bike, Walk and Wheel Week.

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The breakfast began at 7 a.m., and the Activity and Recreation Center station served 227 people before ending at 9 a.m., volunteer Tom Masters said.

Masters has volunteered for almost 12 years in Columbia, but this was his first time working a breakfast station.

"You meet a lot of new people, and you never know what's going to happen," he said, adding that he will compete in the 10 km bike ride Saturday morning. The ride is one of the final events for the week.

Students from Russell Boulevard Elementary School stopped for breakfast on their way to school as part of a monthly walk from the ARC. Joelle Quoirin, a parent of two Russell students, said the school tries to provide activities encouraging physical activity and planned its May walk to include the free breakfast.

"The children are dealing with overweight problems and nutrition, and supporting physical activity is one way to alleviate those problems," she said. Awareness programs such as Bike, Walk and Wheel Week "encourage kids to stay active and be active to combat obesity," Quoirin said. 

Saturday is the final event day of the weeklong campaign. A five km walk/run and a 10 km bike ride will begin at 9 a.m. at the trailhead of the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden, 800 W. Stadium Blvd.

The Wheelchair Wash and Roll will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Stephens Lake Park. The evening Trivia Night Fundraiser will wrap up the week's events. The fundraiser will be held at 6:15 p.m. at Columbia College's Dulany Hall, It costs $25 a person or $200 for a table of eight.


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