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Festival organizers say event invites community to enjoy Madison waters

The Clean Lakes Alliance is holding "Loop the Lake" this weekend as part of its annual festival.

Clean Lakes Alliance group President Don Heilman said the event is a great way to delight in Madison’s water.

“The whole idea of the event … is to get people back to enjoying the lakes,” Heilman said.

New this year to the festival is a bike ride called Loop the Lake, a 13.5-mile jaunt around the Lake Monona.

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

Clean Lakes Festival’s new location includes fundraising bike ride, activities

The 7th annual Clean Lakes Festival will be held at a new location Saturday to raise money devoted to improving the water quality of the Yahara lakes and watershed, according to a release.

The Clean Lakes Alliance and Mad City Ski Team are hosting the annual event at a new location at Law Park on Lake Monona, according to the release.

The festival begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the first annual Loop the Lake scenic bike ride around Lake Monona.

CLA, a Madison-based non-profit organization, created the ride as a fundraiser and community-building event that kicks off the annual festival, according to the release.

Organizers said the festival is a true one-stop-shop, providing individuals and families with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of activities both in and along the lake all day.

Workout with purpose: Badger football team gives back

Workout with purpose: Badger football team gives back

The Badger Football team spent Tuesday afternoon doing what they usually do--lifting weights. But this work out had a bit more purpose.

One lift at a time, Badger linebacker Chris Borland and his teammates are making a difference for 14-year old Darien Moran.

"We have raised almost $1,000 in just a short span of time; it speaks volumes about the guys we have on our team," said Borland.

In partnership with the program "Uplifting Athletes," the Badger football team is raising money and awareness for rare diseases, including Moran's autoimmune disease, by lifting weights Tuesday. Moran had a disease called Lagerhans Cell Histiocytosis X.

"It causes tumors to reappear all over my body at any given time," Moran said about his disease.

"It's the first step in our 'Uplifting Athletes'; it's our first 'Lift for Life'. I hope it's something that grows bigger here at Wisconsin," said Borland.

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

The designer of a new course for a specialty sport said the south side park offers a quick game for players of all ages.

Larry Ast designed the new Capital Springs Course, in the Capital Springs State Recreation area just south of Lake Farm County Park. He said the game is much like traditional golf but does offer its own spin.

"It's just like ball golf: You throw a drive, you do an approach putt … but you're throwing it into a basket," Ast explained.

The sport also offers different tools to achieve game goals. Instead of a variety of clubs, the discs are of varying sizes, weights and designs.

The Capital Springs Course is a family-friendly park that lends itself easily to the group activity with shorter games, representatives said.

Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

Fitness-for-kids activity van hits the streets

 A new tool meant to get kids going arrives on four wheels.

The Madison School & Community Recreation department’s FIT2GO Van carries with it activities like hula hoops, a large-scale building block set, ball-tunneling game and more. MSCR, a branch under the Madison Metropolitan School District, offers many recreation programs for all ages.

The van was out Friday afternoon at Leopold Elementary, getting kids moving and having fun.

Kids jumped through hula hoops, built with large-scale blocks and made a ball tunnel course at the launch celebration from 1:30 p.m. on the Leopold playground on Post Road.

MSCR Executive Director Lucy Chaffin said the FIT2GO van takes fitness and movement to neighborhoods in Madison that need a more active approach to youth programming.

“MSCR sees the FIT2GO van as an excellent tool in fighting the national obesity crisis and getting kids in Madison more active”, Chaffin said.

Andersen spends time coaching kids

Andersen spends time coaching kids

New Badger coach Gary Andersen spent Saturday giving back to the community by teaching area kids the game of football.

Andersen and his staff hosted a one-day youth football camp at McClain Center in Madison.

“It’s my favorite camp, to be around little kids,” Andersen said. “They’re so full of life and energy and excitement.”

Kindergartners through eighth graders were welcome to participate in drills and rotate through skill stations, have lunch with and take photos with the coach.

Madison music legend to receive achievement award

Madison music legend to receive achievement award

Madison-area musicians are applauding one of their own this summer for a lifetime of musical achievement.

Michael Leckrone, University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band director, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award June 23. The Madison Area Music Association will present the award to Leckrone at the Capital Theater at 6 p.m.

Leckrone, in his 44th directing year at UW-Madison, is known as an arranger, composer and performer across the nation, and has been named one of 10 Madison musical legends by Madison Magazine.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Overture Center Box Office or online at http://bit.ly/14d0SQK.