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Published July 15, 2012, 03:20 PM

F-M hits the streets for third annual StreetsAlive

Activity stations dot loop through Fargo-Moorhead encouraging fun, fitness
FARGO - For key parts of downtown Fargo-Moorhead, it was no motors allowed on Sunday.

FARGO - For key parts of downtown Fargo-Moorhead, it was no motors allowed on Sunday.

The third-annual StreetsAlive event brought swarms of area residents out for an afternoon of family fun and fitness, sans motorized vehicles.

The first StreetsAlive was held in 2010 as a way to promote community health and encourage physical activity, such as walking, running, biking, skating and dancing.

The event is held on two Sunday afternoons in the summer. Sunday’s StreetsAlive was the first of 2012.

The 90-degree temperatures were alleviated somewhat by a breeze in the air, which made for an enjoyable afternoon outdoors for many families, like the Ferebees.

“It’s just a good way to get out and enjoy the weekend,” said Quinten Ferebee, who casually walked Broadway in downtown Fargo with his wife, Amy, and their young daughter, Ember.

Motorized vehicles were prohibited on the three-mile StreetsAlive loop, which spanned much of Broadway, as well as First Avenue North in both Fargo and Moorhead.

The route also cut through several riverside areas, including Oak Grove Park.

At five points along the route, organizers sponsored various activity stations where families could join in on everything from fitness classes and bike safety education to skating with the FM Derby Girls and watching area pole-vaulters show off their gravity-defying skills.

StreetsAlive is sponsored by the Cass Clay Healthy People Initiative, Dakota Medical Foundation and two dozen other local organizations – including Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum.

The next StreetsAlive is planned for Aug. 26, also from noon to 5 p.m.

Dilworth and West Fargo are hosting miniature StreetsAlive events this summer, too.

Dilworth’s event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. July 24, while West Fargo’s is set for 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 21.

For more information on StreetsAlive, log on to www.bit.ly/fmstreetsalive.

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