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



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

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

Just Posted

Giants wrap southern swing with 6-4 win in Spokane

The Langley-based hockey team defeated the Chiefs Friday night.

New homes for old dogs

Langley event has high number of senior dogs up for adoption

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered Langley girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

WATCH: Farm Country Brewing in Langley City expected to open in summer

Farm Country Brewing is currently under construction and is planned to open in summer 2019.

Dr. Keith Lamont, founder of Langley Community Music School, passed away at age 89

Dr. Keith Lamont’s funeral service is on Jan. 20 at the Langley Community Music School

Self serve doggy-wash poised to change dog grooming industry

Add money, start spraying to wash dog in the K9000

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

B.C. woman planned to donate a kidney to her husband, then found out she has cancer

Richard Stuart needs a kidney, his wife Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer

15 to 20 cm of snow to fall on Coquihalla

Kelowna - A snowfall warning is in effect for the highway from Hope to Merritt

Most Read