With Strong Enthusiasm
The idea of the ShapePark goes back to 2008. When Guido Guth’s close friend Steven Karger died at the young age of 49, Guido wanted to remember Steven with more than just thoughts. Steven loved sports and Israel, although he lived in Switzerland. And Steven was a very community-oriented person, who liked to do good to help society.
Guido always shared Steven’s values, and one day as he was running through the Swiss woods, an idea came to mind. Why not bring the Swiss Vitaparcours to Israel in memory of Steven? It would be marvelous to do sports in the outdoors, enjoy nature, and benefit your entire body – free for everyone!
An idea born in Switzerland
In Switzerland, there is a ZURICH vitaparcours buzzing with activity in practically every community with nearby woodland. The trails are used by amateur sportspeople and families as well as professional athletes. Today, there are over 500 fitness trails in Switzerland. The very first Vitaparcours started with a group of men tired of training in stuffy gyms. They shifted their training sessions to the woodland, making use of natural obstacles such as fallen tree trunks and stumps. Eventually, the community approved turning this into a permanent trail with natural obstacles and make it accessible to everyone. The sponsor for this project was the insurance company called Vita (now known as Zürich Insurance), hence the name Vita Parcours.
As Guido delved further into the idea and what it would take to make the dream a reality, he realized it was a rather complex project that would require the support and assistance of different people…