Before the Langley Walk started, there was a gymnastics demonstration. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

PHOTOS: A bright and warm Langley Walk

The 56th edition of the annual tradition was held at George Preston

The notice for the 56th annual Langley Walk said it would be held Sunday, “rain or shine.”

Shine it was, with warm, sunny weather, perfect for the more than 800 participants.

The walk began and ended at the George Preston Recreation Centre, with people encouraged to run, walk or bike a 5 kilometre route. This route could be done twice to make it 10 kilometres.

Langey City mayor Ted Schaffer and Langley Township mayor Jack Froese were there to give the walkers their start.

The Langley Walk was first held in 1963 and was established by Pete Swensson, the Township of Langley’s first recreation director, to encourage residents to be more physically active, and has been held in various neighbourhoods throughout Langley Township and City since 1963.

It was established long before the Sun Run and other popular walking events. The original Langley Walk was 28 kilometres long. It extended from Aldergrove Park, along River Road, to Fort Langley, then on to City Park, and thousands of people participated.

“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.

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, were on site .

There were awards and prizes.

All who completed the walk received a crest.

The award for most walkers from a family: Foss Family

Most walkers from an organization: Surrey Trekkers

Most walkers from a school: Langley Christian

Oldest walker: Dale Attrell at 93 years old

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The countdown ends and the walk begins. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Waiting for the start at the George Preston Rec Centre. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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