A walk for all ages

Aug. 4 event isn’t just for seniors


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The Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center is holding a Walk for Seniors at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4 starting at Town Square Park. The event is free and open to walkers of all ages. For more information, call the center at 688-2685.

MATT TUNSETH

Folks who aren’t quite as energetic as some of the event’s stars are still welcome at this year’s Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Walk for Seniors.

“It’s a walk to benefit seniors, but it’s for everyone to participate,” said Linda Miller, the center’s fundraising coordinator.

The walk will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4 starting at Town Square Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

Last year the fundraising event proved mainly to be a chance for some of the center’s spunkiest residents to strut their stuff. Miller said resident Dora Jones — then 90-years-old — walked the entire five-mile route with a smile on her face the whole time.

“She’s way cool,” Miller said of Jones, a resident of the center since 1990 who’s planning to walk in this year’s event as well.

Miller said another center resident, Sara Mitchell, raised more than $600 in pledges for the event. Apparently, Miller said, people had a hard time resisting Mitchell’s sales pitch.

“She’s just a spitfire,” Miller said. “This year she’s just going crazy on it.”

Miller said the “walk-a-thon” style event raises money for the center’s Good Samaritan fund, which is used to help residents in financial need. Participants can pick up a pledge form at the center or simply donate at the event itself.

There have been some changes from last year’s walk, Miller said. Instead of a 5-mile trek, event participants will take a leisurely stroll around the core downtown area starting at Town Square Park.

“It’s just a chance to bring the community together,” she said.

Miller said there has been some confusion in the past about who is invited to walk in the event.

“Though it’s called the ‘Walk for Seniors,’ it’s just a walk, it’s not a walk for elderly people to do,” she said.

Last year the event attracted 30 participants. This year Miller is hoping for many more. To help bring out the crowds, there will be a community picnic (with hamburgers and hot dogs supplied by Safeway and Fred Meyer) after the walk.

Miller said she’s also hoping local businesses will get into the act by encouraging their employees to raise money for the cause.

There are prizes for the walkers who raise the most money, including prize baskets, cruise tickets and limited edition George Rogers prints. Walmart has donated two bicycles to be given away, and Miller said First National Bank stepped up to provide corporate sponsorship, as well.

You don’t have to raise any money at all to take part in the free event. Miller said she just wants to see a huge turnout of Chugiak-Eagle River residents — young and old — on Aug. 4.

“Just come and walk and show your support,” she said.

Anyone seeking more information about the walk can contact Linda Miller at 688-2685.

 

Contact Tunseth at 694-2727 or matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com

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