By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer
(Dec. 10, 2020) Windmill Creek Vineyard and Winery, 11206 Worcester Highway in Berlin, is hosting “Unstuff The Fluff Holiday Fitness Walk Challenge” until Feb. 1 to encourage residents to lose unwanted pounds after the winter festivities.
“I usually get out of shape every year around this time,” said Barry Mariner, who co-owns Windmill Creek with his wife, Jeannie. “I was looking for any type of thing that I could do to really kind of get in shape … Really it’s kind of for myself, and I just thought that maybe other people might like to do it too.”
Mariner started the half-mile track at Windmill Creek last year, but this summer he made the track smoother and planted grass on it.
“I’m planning some more upgrades,” he said. “I want to put a better entry to the trail, and I have signs posted around the whole trail, but I’d like to add some more signs.”
Participants are allowed to walk the trail Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to dark.
“I think the sooner they start, the better off they’re going to be as far as winning the competition,” Mariner said.
The trail is pet-friendly, but pets should remain on leashes.
“We have free range ducks and chickens, and I’d be afraid if some of the animals got loose,” Mariner said.
Contestants will log their laps for two months on the Windmill Creek Walking/Running Club group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/477794783014847/?ref=share.
“They just need to go on there and log their [laps]. They can do it daily or weekly as long as they total them and let people know what they’re doing,” Mariner said. “It’s mainly to provide a little bit of competition, so people might get motivated.”
The person who walks the most laps will win a free igloo dinner for up to four people in February.
The winner will be announced on Feb. 1.
For more information, contact Mariner at 410-251-4234.