On the Partners for Active Living podcast,The Daily Required, we talk about the work we're doing, interview friends and partners about the ways they like to stay active, and talk with experts about the work they do as we aim to make Spartanburg a healthier place to live, work and play.



The Noble Tree Foundation plants 42 trees on the MBF Rail Trail

Written on February 20th 2019.

In this episode we walk and talk with Betty Montgomery and Anne Flynn of the Noble Tree Foundation, an organization that recently planted 42 trees on the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail. We find out about the Noble Tree Foundation and why they think trees are so important.


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Over 100,000 Uses on the MBF Rail Trail

Written on January 23rd 2019.

In this episode, we focus on the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail, which surpassed 100,000 annual uses in 2018, up 38% over 2017. We interview volunteers at a trail work day, and talk with Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director at the City of Spartanburg, about the role the trail plays in Sp… read more

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The Turkey Day 8K, the Marion Avenue hill, and me

Written on November 16th 2018.

By Phillip Stone, former PAL board member

Running in the Turkey Day 8k has become part of my Thanksgiving tradition.

I first ran in the 8k in 2010, and I’ve been in it every year since.  I use the word “run” loosely, since I usually start off running and somewhere about halfway up the hill on … read more

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The Meaning of Our Name

Written by Laura Ringo on October 24th 2018.

October 2018

By Laura Ringo, Executive Director at Partners for Active Living

Over the last two months Partners for Active Living’s board of directors has spent time exploring the meaning behind our name, specifically the word ‘partners’. Our discussion included –

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Foodshare SC

Written by Liz Perry on September 21st 2018.

Foodshare SC is an innovative program that provides fresh produce to families, especially those who receive supplemental nutrition assistance or SNAP. The program has been expanding since its inception in 2015 and has distributed more than 23,000 fresh food boxes in several South Carolina communitie… read more

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The Fellowship of Sweat

Written by Ned Barrett on August 24th 2018.

Most Tuesday evenings for the last couple of years, you’ll find me running with the RJ Rockers Run Club. This event, hosted by PAL and RJ Rockers, has become one of my can’t-miss dates.

There are usually 20 or so runners who take on the 3-mile course with an option to add a mile. The route change… read more

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Beat the Summertime Slump

Written by Lindsey Graham on June 22nd 2018.

It’s safe to say that, while we look forward to long, relaxing summer days, it’s easy to fall into the summertime slump and let your active lifestyle take a backseat. Well, we don’t want that to happn to you! Here are some great ways to stay active and get out and about this summer.

For people se… read more

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Why We Do It

Written by Laura Ringo on May 3rd 2018.

On Saturday morning, April 28 my feet hurt so badly that I could hardly walk. In fact, I avoided getting up because I knew the pain was coming. What was the whine-inducing activity? The day before my colleagues at Partners for Active Living and I (along with a TON of amazing volunteers and board mem… read more

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Plan for a Fun and Active Summer

Written by Liz Perry on March 23rd 2018.

Despite a few recent frosty mornings, summer will be here before you know it. Staying active in summer is important for everyone. Spartanburg County has plenty of opportunities to be active, indoors and out, for all ages. Here are just a few.

Along with the usual fitness classes, sports leagues a… read more

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