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Lunsford family to dedicate trail on ACU campus Oct. 16

The Lunsford family will dedicate the new Lunsford Foundation Trail at Abilene Christian University during a special Chapel service Monday at 11 a.m. in Moody Coliseum.

The trail, funded primarily by the Holt Lunsford family, is designed for university and community use as a walking, jogging and fitness track.

The more than two-mile-long trail follows the perimeter of the campus and has been paved, landscaped and lighted for 24-hour use.  Four inspirational trailheads  provide exercisers with a place to rest, stretch or meditate.

“I wanted to do this in honor of my parents, who have had a tremendous impact on my faith and my education,” said Holt Lunsford. “They have been involved with ACU ever since we went to school there.  As a family, we want God to receive the glory and the student body to receive the benefits."

The trail is named for the Lunsford family. Richard and Dema Lunsford, along with their five children, have all attended ACU, said ACU president Dr. Royce Money.

“The Lunsford family wanted to create a place on campus that would give students an opportunity to exercise their bodies, minds and souls,” said Money. “And while the students can take advantage of the trail, so can faculty, staff and the entire Abilene community.

Phil Boone, Centennial campaign director, said the trail is already successful in helping people develop physical, mental and spiritual lifestyles.   

“The Lunsford Foundation Trail is attracting large numbers of people, spanning all ages, numerous races, varied economic levels and varied relationships with God,” Boone said. “The [trail] empowers ACU to be an example of caring about the whole person and actually doing something about it.”