Walk 10K is an annual worldwide walking challenge sponsored by the Medical Fitness Association. Last year over 1000 local participants helped Powell Wellness Center place third in the country with over 43,000,000 steps. The goal for 2018 is 48,000,000! The walking challenge is open to individuals and groups of all ages including schools, businesses and clubs. Participants are encouraged to walk 10,000 steps a day for a total of 70,000 in a week. The Challenge will run during Medical Fitness Week with is May 7 to 13. Every step counts!

The benefits of walking are many including reduced risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing cholesterol, improving blood pressure and promoting weight loss. It also helps build stronger bones and muscles and improve balance. Moreover, it costs nothing and can be done anywhere!

“We want anyone and everyone in Culpeper to join us in the challenge.” Said Eric Good, Director of Powell Wellness Center. He went on to say, “While 10,000 steps a day is the goal, we want people to get up and get moving. If 1000 steps is more than you have been doing each day, then make that your personal goal and use the challenge to start a new, healthy routine. Even little things like parking your car further away from a store entrance makes a difference. Or, walking around the block for 10 minutes. Every step counts!”

The first 300 people who register with Powell Wellness Center for Walk 10K will receive a free pedometer. Interested participants can register online by emailing walk10K@culpeperwellness.org or in-person at Powell Wellness Center in Culpeper. Registration will close on May 6. Participants are asked to record their steps each day during the week of May 7 to 13 and report their activity to Powell Wellness Center by May 18.

Registered participants who report their steps to Powell Wellness Center will be entered in a drawing for prizes including five Move It passes and one month of Pickleball court time. We will also reward the top three walkers with the most steps with a Personal Training session.

“We hope to have even stronger participation this year to help us achieve our goal of 48,000,000 steps. Come on, Culpeper, step out with us!” said Good.