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Chatham County residents get walking to honor National Walk Day starting April 4

Posted Monday, March 19, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County residents should get their walking shoes ready for special activities planned in celebration of National Walk Day on April 4, 2012, including a one-day event and a four-week challenge walking program.

The goal of National Walk Day is for people to improve their health by walking 30 minutes a day. “We are providing special walking events at eight locations around the county on April 4,” said Tracy Burnett, Chatham County’s director of Parks & Recreation. “This is a great day for people to start walking regularly if they aren’t already.”

The first ten people at each location will receive a free National Walk Day t-shirt. The locations and times for April 4 are:

• 8:00 am - Southwest District Park, 15124 NC HWY 902, Bear Creek
• 9:00 am - Eastern Chatham Senior Center, 365 Hwy 87, Pittsboro
• 10:00 am - Rock Ridge Park, 1397 Old Sanford Rd, Moncure
• 10:30 am - Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Rd, Siler City
• Noon - Robeson Creek Greenway, 80 East Street, Pittsboro
• 5:15 pm - Central Carolina Community College, 764 West Street, Pittsboro
• 5:30 pm - Northwest District Park, 2413 Woody Store Rd, Siler City
• 5:30 pm - North East District Park, 5408 Big Woods Rd, Chapel Hill

Co-sponsors are: Chatham County Parks & Recreation, Chatham County Public Health Department, Chatham County Council on Aging and Active Chatham.

“Walk Across Chatham” is a four-week challenge sponsored by the Health Department and Active Chatham on April 4-May 2, 2012. Participants can either choose to walk a total of 30 miles during this period to qualify for Chatham Challenger level. More ambitious participants can walk 140 miles, which is equal to the length of the county’s perimeter.

“It is not possible to actually walk the county’s perimeter, but 140 miles is how far you would walk to do so,” said Megan Bolejack, health educator for Chatham County.

Various activities can be substituted for walking miles. For example, 20 minutes of leisurely bicycling is equal to one mile of walking. Bolejack will provide a list of substitution activities for all registrants. Prizes will be awarded.

Organizations and individuals can register at no cost for Walk Across Chatham by contacting Megan Bolejack at megan.bolejack@chathamnc.org or 919-545-8442.

A flyer showing all of the public walking trails in Chatham County can be found in the highlighted box at www.chathamnc.org/Index.aspx?page=708. Or call 919-545-8555 to request a flyer.

For those who enjoy walking with others, Chatham County has compiled a list of walking and running groups and when they meet:

  • Central Carolina Community College*, 764 West Street, Pittsboro, Wednesdays at 5:15 pm (March 21-November 8), contact Lisa Thomas, tumblintots@att.net
  • Northeast District Park, 5408 Big Woods Road, Chapel Hill, Tuesdays at 8 am and Thursdays at 6 pm (April-November), contact Rocco Richard, rocco.richard@chathamnc.org, sponsored by Chatham County Parks and Recreation
  • Northwest District Park, 2413 Woody Store Rd, Siler City, 9 am on Saturdays and Mondays, April-November), contact Rocco Richard, rocco.richard@chathamnc.org, sponsored by Chatham County Parks and Recreation
  • Pittsboro Running Club*, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 7:30 am, contact and schedule found at http://sites.google.com/site/pbrun4/
  • Eastern Senior Center, 365 Highway 87, Pittsboro, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays (April-October at 9 am, November-March at 2 pm), contact Lindsay Hickling, lindsay.hickling@chathamcouncilonaging.org, sponsored by Chatham County Council on Aging
  • Robeson Creek Greenway, Pittsboro, Tuesdays at 5:15 pm and Wednesdays at noon (March 20-November 8), meets at 80 East Street in Pittsboro, contact Megan Bolejack, megan.bolejack@chathamnc.org, sponsored by Chatham County Public Health Department
  • Southwest District Park, 15124 NC Hwy 902, Bear Creek, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday at 8 am and Thursdays at 6 pm (April-November), contact Rocco Richard, rocco.richard@chathamnc.org, sponsored by Chatham County Parks and Recreation
  • Western Chatham Senior Center, 112 Village Lake Rd, Siler City, days and times vary, contact Kay Maddox at kay.maddox@chathamcouncilonaging.org, sponsored by Chatham County Council on Aging
  • Brown’s Chapel Walking Group*, Pittsboro, meets at Chatham Community Library, Saturdays at 10 am, contact, Lynn Frost, auriella2@embarqmail.com

Groups sponsored by specific county entities meet and walk or run at governmental facilities or other sponsored locations and are led by staff or designated volunteers. Groups highlighted with an asterisk (*) are non-governmental walking groups and are NOT staffed by county or town employees.

 
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