Bike trail archway being created in honor of late DDHS P.E. teacher

An example of the trailhead archway that will be built in memory of Deborah Ludlow, the late DDHS physical education and health teacher.

An example of the trailhead archway that will be built in memory of Deborah Ludlow, the late DDHS physical education and health teacher.

DELAVAN — The late Deborah Ludlow, who retired from her job as Delavan-Darien High School physical education and health instructor in 2012 after 32 years, will be remembered with an archway that’s to be erected over the entrance of the Emma Carlin Bike Trail near Palmyra.

Ludlow, who passed away July 7 after a battle with cancer, was an avid cyclist who loved the outdoors and animals. Following her retirement from DDHS, she was interested in becoming a mountain bike ambassador for the Southern Kettle Moraine Trails, where she often enjoyed the challenge of riding the most rigorous trails while experiencing the beauty of the forest and her love of nature and birds.

Deb Ludlow

Deb Ludlow

While at DDHS, one of her final major projects was securing a federal $1 million Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant to revitalize the fitness equipment and instruction in the district. Part of that grant included the purchase of mountain bikes for students to use as part of a new focus on “fit for life” activities being taught in the district.

While teaching, Ludlow had led her students on the trails in spring field trips through these pristine, open-air classrooms, so they too could experience the beauty of nature she so cherished.

In her memory, members of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association are collecting funds to create an archway at the trail’s entrance. The entrance is located about three miles east of Palmyra, Wis., on County Highway Z.

The archway will serve as an enduring memory to Ludlow’s friends, students, colleagues and all future bikers and hikers who also share her passions.

The mountain biking group’s goal is to complete the archway project by June of 2015.

Contributions are currently being sought to complete the project. Donations by check should made out to “SKMCI” and be mailed by Tuesday, Sept. 30, to:

  • Deborah Burgess, 7200 S. Karrington Drive, Franklin, WI, 53132.
  • In the memorandum area of the check write “In memory of Deborah Ludlow.”

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