Lifelong Verdigre resident Dana Konopasek is a woman who wears many hats. When school starts this fall, she will again be teaching her 2nd and 3rd grade students at Verdigre Public School. In the spring, she is also the Niobrara-Verdigre Cougar track coach. Summers find her on the diamond, where she coaches t-ball through 18-year old Verdigre softball with her sister, Debbie Ives. Dana also responds to rescue calls with the Verdigre EMT squad. Saturday mornings during the season, one can find her and her daughter, Chaney, selling produce and baked goods at the local Farmer's Market. Year after year, she helps the kids in her 4-H club get their projects ready for fair.
This fall, she adds another hat to the mix - Cross Country Coach for the Niobrara-Verdigre Cougars. To go along with this, and to help inspire kids and adults to run and get excited about being fit, she will be starting the Verdigre Running Club this year.
Those interested are asked to bring their tennis shoes and a water bottle to Wildwood Acres this Wednesday at 7 pm. This club is open to runners of all ages. The length of time and distance run will depend on the ages of those who attend.
The purpose of the club is " to get them to like running - a lifelong skill," says Konopasek. She cites other area towns such as Hartington and Crofton who have successful running clubs.
As an added incentive, treats will be provided after the run.