AMHERST – It began in February. Seventy-eight mostly seniors signed up to walk across Canada. They achieved their goal earlier this month.
“We walked over 3,900 miles,” said Corey Crocker, physical activity coordinator for the town of Amherst.
Each participant did his or her part. Oena Fullerton, for example, helped reach the collective goal of almost 4,000 miles one mile at a time. The senior would walk eight laps of the Amherst Stadium track as her contribution.
“This has been great,” she said.
Fullerton’s daughter and granddaughter also took part.
“The average age was 68 years old,” said Crocker.
The coordinator pointed to the program as proof the walking track at the ice rink is getting good use. He said the cross-Canada challenge was done in concert with the Heart and Stroke Foundation – the first of many initiatives to partner with the foundation, he hopes – and was part of fulfilling the physical activity strategy developed by the municipality.
Crocker said the toughest part was just making sure all the mileage was tracked and recorded.
“We stayed in Regina for so long,” said Fullerton.
A posted map along the walking track kept pace with their progress. A line connected Amherst to Vancouver.
Crocker said when foul weather returns next fall, walkers will be invited to tackle a new challenge.