The Texas AgriLife Extension Service has come up with a fun, flexible and free way to encourage people to exercise. “Walk Across Texas” allows groups of eight or a solo walker to compete with other teams and individuals to see who can walk the most miles over eight weeks, Oct. 27 thru Dec. 19.
The goal is to walk at least 830 miles in eight weeks. If you think about it that’s only a little over 13 miles per week or 2.5 miles a day.
According to Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith, the entry is a minimum of three cans or other non-perishable food products per person to be given to a local food bank.
She said the event is open to the public, both adult and youth.
Ms. Smith says team captains will be given a free “Keep Calm and Walk On, Walk Across Shelby County” t-shirt.
She said there are three way to register, at the extension office at 200 San Augustine Street by Oct. 24; at the kick-off event, at the Center City Park-softball field on Oct. 27; and online at walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.
Ms. Smith said at the end of the 8 week program, the team and individual that walks the most miles and the team and individual that has the most improvement in mileage from week one to week eight will receive wards at the wrap-up event.
For more information, contact the extension office at 598-7744.