South County Walks return July 11-Sept. 1

South County Walks are back this summer in the cities of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace, running from Monday, July 11-Thursday, Sept. 1.

These free walks are typically two to three miles and routes will vary based on location.

Prior to your first walk, complete the one-time online registration form and then walk as often as you want. No further sign-up is needed

Participants will also be eligible for a prize drawing.

Walk locations and dates are:

Lynnwood
Mondays at 6 p.m.
Verdant Community Wellness Center
4710 196th St. S.W.

Edmonds
Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Edmonds Waterfront Center
220 Railroad Ave.

Mountlake Terrace
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.
Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion
5303 228th St. S.W.

Lynnwood
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Lynnwood Rec Center
18900 44th Ave. W.

For more information, visit verdanthealth.org or call 425-582-8600.

 

 

  1. Can someone explain a little more what these walks are, what they offer? All I can derive from the above, is that they are free, and I was under the impression that walking in Edmonds is always free! I’m probably missing something, but further explanation would be welcome.

    1. The idea, I believe, is to encourage walking by making it a group activity. They are sponsored by the Verdant Health Commission. — Teresa

    2. Good question Nathan. In a diverse community some people will have exercise plans that are self-directed and realized by working out individually, but for a range of reasons some people won’t get enough exercise. Public entities often focus energy and budget on group ideas for those who don’t get enough exercise. This helps with creating diversity, equity and inclusion when maybe baseline access or habits are insufficient. Some people will respond to a social attraction or mentors that inspire them to initiate healthy habits. The YMCA community and the Special Olympics are leading examples of this philosophy. I think that if people were able to rely less on vehicles and walked more when going for groceries/food/restaurants, our community would likely be healthier.

  2. Nathaniel Brown, in Edmonds these walks were started at what was formerly known as the senior center. Bright orange T-shirts were offered for purchase at a nominal cost. The walks provide a way for seniors to walk in a group and be visible. Maps were provided so that the distance walked was known. 1 1/2 and 3 mile walks were noted on the map. Volunteers were at the front, for faster walkers, and the rear, for slower walkers. The purpose was to provide a safer walking environment for seniors although people of all ages were welcome.

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