89-year-old Prairie du Chien resident walks three miles a day

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By Peyton Meisner


At the age of 89, walking has become a daily routine for Pat Coorough. “I don’t even think about it. It’s just something I do,” she says. 

Every day, the Prairie du Chien resident walks three miles. 

“Lately with the heat the way it is, I make sure to get up around 6 a.m. while it is still somewhat cool out.”

During the spring, fall and winter seasons, Coorough utilizes Hoffman Hall in town, but during the summer she walks around her neighborhood.

“Now that Hoffman Hall is closed (for the summer), I kind of just make my own paths  around town. It just kind of varies depending on the day,” she explained. Oftentimes, her friend Jan Rutter will accompany her on the walks.

Coorough encourages walking to people who are looking for something active to do, saying, “I think it is one of the best things you can do. It also helps a lot with your health insurance,” she joked. 

Coorough was born and raised in Boscobel, but she has lived in Prairie du Chien for a “number of years.” She worked at 3M from 1971 to 1991. 

Coorough feels she has always led an active and healthy lifestyle, and plans on continuing to do so.

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