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Perris Residents Hike with the Mayor Pro Tem

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough (right) leads a contingent of hikers on a 2.5-mile trek at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, an outing that drew more than 100 enthusiastic residentsPerris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough (right) leads a contingent of hikers on a 2.5-mile trek at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, an outing that drew more than 100 enthusiastic residents.

More than 100 people hit the hiking trail July 27 for a sometimes leisurely, sometimes strenuous trek that took them to the summit of a popular trail at the Lake Perris State Recreation Area—the latest  event in the ongoing “Live Well Perris” health initiative.

Perris Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Yarbrough led the contingent that included moms and dads pushing strollers, residents accompanied by family pets and experienced hikers who’ve made the 2.5-mile trip many times.

Yarbrough said he was more than pleased with the large contingent willing to work up a sweat while climbing the trail near Big Rock Peak west of Bernasconi Road that is well-known to hiking enthusiasts.

“An unbelievable and overwhelming response,” Yarbrough said. “One of the best ways to stay in shape is to walk and this event allows people of all physical fitness levels to participate and reiterates the
importance of getting out and getting toned up. Lake Perris is an
incredible asset that is right in the City’s backyard. This hike is about
having a good time and taking things at your own pace.”

Perris resident Larry Loffer pushes daughter, Amari, up the slope while wife Julia marches onPerris resident Larry Loffer pushes daughter, Amari, up the slope while wife Julia marches on.

Perris City Manager Richard Belmudez, Assistant City Manager Ron Carr, Deputy City Manager took part in the hike or provided support for the event.

Carr, coordinator of the Live Well Perris Program, said he was pleased with the turnout.

“Seeing all these people out here on a Saturday morning, enjoying the outdoors, is what this event was all about,” he said.

The morning hike continues the “Live Well Perris” healthy eating, active living campaign which kicked off in June and concludes in October. Other Live Well Perris events include the ongoing Biggest Loser program, workouts on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings with City Council members at various parks around Perris, a bicycle ride at Lake Perris on Sept. 7, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament
in September and a History Walk down D Street on Oct. 19.

Perris residents Michaelangelo Ramos and his dad, Jose Ramos, take a break near the end of the trail, along with their pet dogs, Bear and Lobo Perris residents Michaelangelo Ramos and his dad, Jose Ramos, take a break near the end of the trail, along with their pet dogs, Bear and Lobo.

The series of activities provides opportunities for residents of various fitness levels the chance to improve their health. All Live Well Perris activities have attracted large and enthusiastic crowds.

The hike started out on a paved trail before reaching the footpath at the base of the mountain. From there, climbers ascended the trail at their own pace. Most walked alone; some carried infants and toddlers; a few ran the route. The well-marked trail challenged the hikers over a few strenuous stretches but for the most part, the grade was not overly difficult. Most climbers completed the hike in less than 45 minutes. City staffers provided plenty of water, bananas, granola bars and other healthy foods for the hike. Afterwards, the City raffled off prizes, including bicycles, t-shirts and gift cards.

Julia and Larry Loffer brought their daughter, Amari, on the hike. The toddler came with her  stroller, which dad pushed up the trail. The Loffers have taken part in several Live Well Perris activities and find
them enjoyable and beneficial.

“We want to find new ways to stay healthy,” Julia Loffer said.

Nyssa Silva said she found the hike a great way to burn off some excess calories.

“It gets all your muscles going,” Silva said.

Silva said she appreciates the City of Perris organizing its Live Well program while encouraging residents to take part.

“It’s good that the City is getting people interested in improving their health,” she said.

Jose Ramos and his son, Michaelangelo Ramos, climb Big Rock routinely. For the Live Well Perris hike, they brought along their family pets—Bear, a malamute and Lobo, a Siberian husky.

“This is a great chance to get the day going,” Jose Ramos said. “It’s a beautiful location and we enjoy climbing it. Thanks to the City of Perris for working to make the community healthier. We love living here.”