The goal of “Walking Lake Pepin” is for participants to establish or renew a regular walking program or other exercise routine, to improve their health and fitness.
The list of activities eligible to be tracked includes walking, biking, running, swimming, water aerobics or other moderate physical activities that can be sustained for 10 minutes; like pushing the lawn mower around or even Zumba.
This year’s event slogan celebrates our youngest participant, Jayden Lichtenberg, age 11. The 2023 slogan is “JAYden WALKING!”.
No, WLP is not advocating for jay walking but is celebrating Jayden Lichtenberg’s 7 years of participation in Walking Lake Pepin.
Jayden’s grandmother Marilyn Lichtenberg brought Jayden to the WLP weekly group walks beginning in 2016 when he was 4 ½. Jayden has continued to walk each year with his Grandmother Marilyn and he has become a special ambassador for WLP.
Jayden over the years of participation was mentored by Frank Lupton, one of the original committee members of the event and an outdoor education pioneer at Western Illinois University. Though Frank passed away in March of 2021 he made quite an impression on Jayden.
Frank gave Jayden special attention during the WLP group walks teaching him about plants, animals and the outdoor environment. Jayden made several dioramas in recent years sharing what he had learned while walking with Frank.
As we celebrate Jayden in 2023 the WLP program will remain much the same.
As in previous years, participants who sign up for the 10 week challenge will be given a log sheet to track their minutes of moderate physical activity per week. Achieving 150 minutes per week of exercise is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Sports Medicine in order to receive a health benefit such as reducing risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
If someone is new to walking and physical activity this would be a good starting goal.
A second challenge started last year will be continued. Participants can choose to commit to walking 150 miles (approximately 2 miles per day) over the 10 weeks of the challenge.
Any participant who meets either one of these challenges will be eligible for a drawing for Lake City Chamber Bucks at the end of the season; (1) $25 reward for the 150 minute challenge and a (1) $25 reward for the 150 mile challenge will be given away.
Weekly group walks for all Lake City residents and WLP participants will be held on Wednesdays this year. The group will gather at 6:30 pm to take a walk in different neighborhoods and locations around Lake City. All are welcome whether you register for WLP or not. The list of walking locations will be available next week.
Participants can sign up for the WLP challenges beginning Wednesday May 24 at Treat and Treasures on Washington St., Anytime Fitness on 7th St. or online at walkinglakepepin.com.
Watch the Lake City Graphic for all the news and updates about Walking Lake Pepin or check out the blog on www.walkinglakepepin.com and on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Walking-Lake-Pepin-140126489392850/. Call Patty Svien 345-4383 if you have questions.