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Governor to Recognize Downtown Walking Trails

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Gov. Sam Brownback will recognize Wichita’s historic downtown walking trails on Thursday at the Kansas State Fair.

In recognizing the trails, which feature signs promoting Kansas history, Brownback will give the Kansas Health Champion award to Wichitan Richard Schordorf. Schordorf led the design, funding, implementation and promotion of the 11 themed walking trails, which cover 19.2 miles. The trails highlight the influencers and heroes of Kansas, providing a fun, informative, and interactive venue for physical activity.

“It is a community award,” said Schordorf, who also manages upkeep of the public walking trails. “I am accepting the award on behalf of the city and the museums and community organizations who worked on the project. The trail signs were donated to the City of Wichita, so the trail belongs to the City and people of Wichita.”

The health champion recognition is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Corporate Tent by the Encampment Building. Brownback will also recognize a second Kansas Health Champion - Fowler Elementary School, which won national recognition for offering healthier school lunches, limiting availability of unhealthy foods and helping students learn more about nutrition and physical education.

The Health Champion Award was developed by the Governor’s Council on Fitness to recognize and promote exemplary contributions to fitness in Kansas. For more information, go to

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