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June 5, 2014

Walking program starts

MT. VERNON —Stepping Out for Fitness enters its second year on June 16.

“We want to promote fitness for our citizens and we have so many activities and facilities to help with that,” said Mayor Mary Jane Chesley. “This is a program anyone can enjoy at all age levels. Last year we had a gentleman who walked 143 miles and a lady who walked 91 miles.”

Under the program, residents sign up at the Parks and Recreation Department office, located in the south end of the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park. Participants are issued a pedometer to read the number of miles walked and all miles must be walked at Veterans Park. Everyone who records 30 miles or more at the end of the event and who are present for an awards ceremony on

July 16, will receive a prize and a certificate. The male and female in each age division with the most total miles walked will receive a certificate and a choice of gift cards.

The four age groups are for those six to nine years old; those 10 to 13 years old; those 14 to 17 years old; and those 64 years old and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The sign up dates are from June 16 through June 30. Participants will then sign in at the beginning of each day that will be walked and they will be given a pedometer, which will be returned at the end of the day’s walk. All miles must be recorded by park staff or special volunteers or the miles won’t count toward the goal.

Prizes will be awarded 5 p.m. July 15 at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building.

Additional information is available by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department at 242-6890.

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