The walk begins
By Robin Scott
On Friday, March 12th, hundreds of people made their way to the cafeteria at Coon Memorial Hospital to register for the Walk Across Texas. These walkers intend to walk a distance that equals walking the 1000 miles across the great State of Texas in the next 32 weeks.
Walk Across Texas has been an annual event since 1996 and is designed to help communities establish the habit of regular physical activity. The event encourages team membership and many teams have registered and include eight members. Teams are made up of work colleagues, family members, students/teachers, and friends.
Walkers will track their daily miles. Upon completion of each eight-week 250-mile goal, each team member will receive an “incentive prize” to keep on moving. Once teams have reached 1000 miles within the 32 weeks, they will be eligible for the “Grand Prize.”
Other activities may be included in the event, such as riding a bicycle, running or even dancing. By next week, the participants will each have a pedometer to help them track their steps. Two thousand steps are the equivalent of one mile. The other activities may be converted into miles using a conversion chart.
Snacks and “freebies,” were provided at the kickoff activity on Friday. The free pedometers are being furnished courtesy of the local Texas Agrilife Extension Service Office. Each participant will also receive a free “I’m Walking to South Padre…..And These Folks are Sponsoring Me!” t-shirt. Coon Memorial Hospital is offering free blood tests for all participants at the beginning and end of the contest, which can be done at the team member’s convenience.
This event has been made possible for the Dallam and Hartley Counties area by The Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Cooperative Extension Office, the Dallam-Hartley Counties Healthcare System and the Dalhart Texan, along with several local businesses, which will soon be revealed, that have also signed up to be a sponsor.
Walkers began logging in miles on Friday, and the community is encouraged to cheer them on to do their best. For more information, contact Glenda Cunningham at 806.244.9223 or 806.333.4607 or e-mail Glenda firstname.lastname@example.org.