The 56th annual Langley Walk is returning and will be held in Brookswood on Sunday, May 6.
The Langley Walk was first held in 1963 and was established by Pete Swensson, the Township of Langley’s first recreation director.
“Swensson was a strong believer in the benefits of physical activity, and his motto was, ‘Walk away your ills, instead of taking pills,’” says Township of Langley Recreation Programmer Stephanie Eby.
This year the walk will begin and end at the George Preston Recreation Centre at 20699 42 Ave. Participants are encouraged to run, walk or bike a 5 kilometre route. This route can be done twice to make it 10 kilometres.
“This is such a great opportunity for people to be active as a family or with a group of friends or co-workers,” says Eby. The route will be safe for strollers and wheelchairs, with only small sections of packed gravel and hills. Dogs on leashes are welcome to join.
Other activities like face painting, games and bouncy castles will be available during and after the walk, along with a free snack.
Local teams and organizations, including the Langley Rivermen hockey team, Langley Gymnastics Foundation, Xtreme Allstar Cheer and Dance and Woo Kim Tae Kwon Do, will be on site and sports fans are welcome to come out and meet them.
Entertainment and registration starts at 12 p.m. and the walk begins at 1:30 p.m.
Anyone who participates in the walk is eligible to win draw prizes, and those that finish the walk will receive a crest. The oldest walker and the most walkers from a school, family and organization will also receive trophies and prizes.
This year the walk is also encouraging young people to participate in the Langley Walk Warrior Course. This is held at the same time as Youth Week and is open to participants from ages 13 to 18. The free course invites youth to challenge themselves and their friends. Check-in starts at 12 p.m. at the George Preston Recreation Centre.
The Langley Walk will be held in rain or shine.
Community members interested in helping with Langley Walk registration and route marshalling, including high school students looking for volunteer hours, can contact Eby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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