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Walk Kansas!

It’s Time for Walk Kansas!

Springtime signals the return of Walk Kansas, an eight-week fitness challenge for teams of six.  The 2008 program will begin March 9 and conclude May 3.  Last year over 20,000 Kansans participated in the program.

If each team member exercises for 30 minutes, five days a week (equal to 2 miles of walking), the team will collectively walk about
423 miles – the distance across Kansas – during the program. Team members report their activity weekly to a team captain who posts the information on the Walk Kansas web site.

Walk Kansas is offered by K-State Research and Extension.  Contact your local extension office to find out more about the Walk Kansas program in your area.  Most programs charge a nominal fee, usually about $5.00, to cover the costs of mailing newsletters, prizes and events.  T-shirts are optional and available for purchase.  Shirts for 2008 are available in lavender and heather gray.

Shawnee County Walk Kansas
In Shawnee County, team members will have opportunities for several group walks, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Topeka, a walk in Historic Alma, and another featuring Topeka’s downtown architecture.  A kick-off event is planned at the Southwest YMCA in March and a wrap-up event will be offered in May at Gage Park.  Contact Cindy Evans or Pam Weaver at 785-232-0062 for information.  Captain’s packets can be downloaded from the Shawnee County web site at www.shawnee.ksu.edu. Important note: People participating in a program other than Shawnee County should contact their local extension office, as the materials and fees vary.

Walk Kansas Activities in Other Counties
All but four counties (dark green) are offering Walk Kansas events.  If you want to promote your county’s Walk Kansas events, shoot me an email with the promotional details included.  I will be glad to add them to this blog. 

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  1. Joe Cheray says:

    Cheryl I am trying to get some buzz built up with this in Topeka as well. Do you have a team lined up yet? I have a lady from my church interested in this. Let me know over at joecheray@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. It’s great to hear a lot more people becoming involved in these programs. And now, it looks like states are also joining in on the fun. There is nothing better than getting a community to actually participate in one common goal. This will hopefully help promote fitness more properly and help instill such awareness in people.

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