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4 Teams Log Over 2,400 Miles During 4-Week Walk Through Texas History Program

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Four teams consisting of eight members each logged over 2,400 miles during the 4-week Walk Through Texas History Program this spring.

Walk Through Texas History is a four-week program designed to help Texans establish the habit of regular physical activity while learning the rich history of Texas.  Each adult team may include up to 8 team members, all working together to reach designated goals while following along legendary historical paths created by fellow Texans.

Walk Through Texas History participants (from left) Patsy Neal, Tammy Burnside, Johanna Hicks, Mary Ballard, Pat Connally, Barbara Sanders and Jay Hicks display the distance equivalent in historical markers in overall miles walked by all four teams.

Each team captain was encouraged to recruit up to seven friends, coworkers and family members to participate in logging their steps daily, either with a pedometer or by using another personal health tracking device. Extension staff, mothers and daughters, friends, retired Hopkins and Rains County educators, a 4-H member and her mom, husband and wife were among the 2022 WTTH participants.

If using a pedometer, 2,250 steps were considered a mile, and 20 minutes of continuous movement or exercise also counted as a mile.

There was no registration cost, and participants received a weekly e-mail with updates on team mileages, plus a seasonal recipe from Extension.

Hicks, of Johanna’s Gems team, said participants had fun and some were very competitive, striving each week to match or exceed the three other teams totals over the next 7 days.

Each participant received recognition for meeting their goals, and the top team, and top three individuals recognized for logging the most miles and, total team and local program miles then were announced during a special wrap up celebration. The miles were then marked on a Texas map using historical markers to show how far the WTTH participants together could have walked to.

Overall, the four teams logged a total of 2,455 miles, each exceeding the projected goal of 416 collective team miles set for the the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Master Wellness Volunteer-hosted event, conducted May 2-27, 2022.

Johanna Hicks points out some of the historical landmarks the participants in the May 2022 Walk Through Texas History participants “virtually” walked to through the 2,455.4 miles the four teams logged May 2-27, 2022.

The overall top walker was Max Martin of the Hopkins/Rains Walkie Talkies with 203 miles logged, second was Linda Hodge of Movers & Shakers team with 164.7 miles.

The top team was the Scene-agers, who collectively logged 748.4 miles last month. Individually, Burnside logged 130 miles, third overall; Anthonia Maddin, 118.3 miles; Joan Brennan, 109.7 miles; Patsy Neal, 92.1 miles; Betty McAfee, 74 miles; Andria Segedy, 68 miles; and Carmen Kelley 54.4 miles.

In second was the Movers & Shakers team with 611.5 miles logged. Anjeanee Hohenberger logged 90.4 miles, Lisa Sadler, 74.3 miles; Linda Hodge, 164.7 miles; Patricia Connally, 63 miles; Shirley Evans, 60.2 miles; Gail Boles, 50.5 miles; and Liz Steinsiek, 48.1 miles.

Johanna’s Gems and Hopkins/Rains Walkie Talkies’ tallies were much closer.

Contributing to the 548.9 miles logged by Johanna’s Gems were Tammy Jones, 92 miles; Rylie Carroll, 85 miles; Troy Young, 81 miles; Mary Ballard 72.4 miles; Jay Hicks, 68 miles; Johanna Hicks, 64.5 miles; Barbara Sanders, 48 miles; and Hillary Young, 38 miles.

Contributing to Hopkins/Rains Walkie Talkies’ 547.1 miles were Max Martin 2203 miles; Jacqueline Martin 94.2 miles; Marilyn Powers, 56 miles; Jim Williams, 50.1 miles; Rebecca Hathcoat, 50 miles; Nancy Moore, 42.3 miles; Barbara Williams, 26.5 miles; and Nancy Krantz, 24 miles.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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