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