Walking with a purpose

The Walk Till You Drop Walking Challenge is encouraging the community to get active

Apparently you just walk for extended periods of time, it’s supposed to be wild.

The wildness comes with prizes, and the walking, well, it comes with the newly implemented Walk Till You Drop Walking Challenge at the Northern Vac Track in the Pomeroy Sport Centre, a program designed to engage the community in getting active.

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“We do different versions of it. Last year was a walk, swim and skate, just all facets that we offer for recreation,” City of Fort St. John Recreation Programmer Marissa Jordan said about the initiative that started on Sept. 6 and will wrap up on Sept. 30.

“We’ve found the biggest response was just with the track. A lot of people don’t always think to come here… it’s free, anybody is welcome. Because we have so much turnover in the population, it’s a nice way to reintroduce people to the facility. ”

Community members simply sign up for the challenge at the Visitors Centre, track their laps after each walk and are entered for a chance to win prizes.

“This challenge appeals to anybody. We have our routine walkers that come in and they can record their laps and track their progress and maybe do something that they haven’t really thought of,” Jordan said. 

“A lot of people don’t think to actually track how much they’ve walked in a month. So this is a really interesting way to for people to see, if they’re regular users, ‘wow, I actually do that much in a month.’ Or, for people who never thought to come here to say, ‘wow, I actually accomplished all that.”

For more information contact the Pomeroy Sports Centre by calling 250 785 4592 or email recreation@fortstjohn.ca

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