Community leaders gathered at Stone Bridge Memorial Park on April 6 to kick-off Marathon in a Month, an event that encourages residents to walk 26.2 miles, the distance equal to a traditional marathon, through the course of a month.
Presented by the Lincoln County Health Department, Marathon in a Month extends into May, but its message of walking your way to better health is one that can be undertaken any time. “It doesn’t matter how you get your miles in,” said Samantha Bagley Jennings. “It can be on a treadmill or outside – most important is to take the first step to be a healthier you!”
A large crowd attended the kick-off, participating together in walking their initial mile around the park.
“I’m excited,” said Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman. “In 2016 I did this same event, and it was fun because it made me walk – I enjoyed it, and I was excited to reach the 26.2 miles.
“We have a wonderful health department, and I’m excited to be a part of the team ... Just remember, keep up the walking after the 26.2 miles.”
Fayetteville Mayor Michael Whisenant was also on hand for the kick-off.
“Mayor Newman and I have agreed we’ll walk until the last one drops,” he said, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd. “Anything that helps you extend your life is a great thing! I wish each of you good luck, and I want to thank you for your participation.”