At almost the same time Saturday, hundreds of feet will step out as part of the first Let’s Walk Vermilion County.
People in 10 communities will walk 1 mile or less, starting at 9 a.m. and following designated routes. There is no registration and no fee to participate. The event will take place even if it rains. Walkers of all ages, including families with strollers and wagons, are welcome.
The walks will begin about the same time in Danville, Oakwood, Westville, Ridge Farm, Fairmount, Fithian, Rossville, Sidell, Potomac and Bismarck.
Bob Jennings, president of the Oakwood Village Board, is a walking enthusiast who has some words of wisdom for others: “People who might not have walked for a while might have an ache (afterward) … but it’s a good ache.”
He and others hope that many people join the walk, and that they make walking for good health a priority thereafter.
Saturday’s event is being organized by Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s HALO Project and the Vermilion County Health Department. Both are part of We Choose Health Vermilion County, a multi-year Illinois Department of Public Health initiative to encourage prevention of obesity and tobacco use.
Participants will receive bottled water, a brochure showing walking routes in 15 communities, and a booklet with fun facts about those towns.
Communities and their starting points for walking paths are:
- Bismarck — Sidewalk in front of Bismarck Junior High;
- Danville — Southwest corner of Lincoln Park;
- Fairmount —Village Hall;
- Fithian — Corner of North Grove and West Donald streets;
- Oakwood — Park just west of Longstreth and South Seymour streets;
- Potomac — City park, in front of city hall;
- Ridge Farm — City hall;
- Rossville — Southwest corner of Attica and South Chicago streets;
- Sidell — Northeast corner of Market and Gray streets;
- Westville — Southwest corner of Zamberletti Park at East Williams and North State streets.