Pictou Advocate

Johnny Walk ’16 slated for Saturday


NEW GLASGOW – The countdown is on for the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend.

The walk is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. on June 18 at Glasgow Square. Everyone is welcome and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow the walk.

Ken Hetherington is being introduced as the 2016 honourary walk starter. The long-time New Glasgow resident, along with his wife Mary, has always modeled active living.

Ken has participated in many sport events, including marathons 80+kilometre ultra marathons 30+km ironman runs, as well as 100-mile and 24 hour-running events.  He has participated in provincial, national and world champion competitions along with mentoring, coaching, organizing and volunteering.

“Both Ken and Mary have passed along this lifestyle to their children and grandchildren, who have also gone on to play and compete,” organizer Debbie MacDonald said.
The planning team has plenty of surprises for walkers along the route, including giveaways at various milestones.

As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of Oakley sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation will be with us this year as well, with pedometers to sample as part of their national “Walk- About” program.

Johnny Miles Marathon race founder Dr. John Williston launched the Johnny Walk to ensure everyone could participate in an activity on Johnny Miles weekend.

“His mission was always about active living and he worked passionately promoting this lifestyle in our community,” MacDonald said.

Walkers are being encouraged to take part, bring along a walking buddy and chose the distance that suits their abilities.

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