5K Kicks Off Walk Across Texas Event

September 13, 2016 - The kick-off for Walk Across Texas was held Saturday, September 10th at 8:00 a.m. at the Center City Park off Roughrider Drive.

All the participants walked or ran the 5K which is 3.1 miles! The trail started at the park down by the baseball fields and weaved around the pond, up the hill towards the high school football field main entrance, though the walking trails which come out by the John D. Windham Civic Center, around it and across the bridge, and then go back the same way back to the park pavilion by the pond.

The program has 234 who have signed up and are divided into teams. Jheri-Lynn McSwain, AgriLife Agent and program leader and participants, encouraged all those who attended the 5K and congratulated them on taking the first steps to a healthier life. The program is team based and team members are encouraged to cheer on each other and together they are to walk 900 miles, the distance across Texas.

The 8 week program's goal is physical activity that equates to 900 miles either as a team or as a solo walker and the team and solo walker that walks the most miles during the contest will be awarded prizes. The Shelby County Fit - Walk Across Texas is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program and is in partnership with the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health & Fitness Fair Committee.