2010-09-16 / Sports

2010 Walk Across Maryland This Weekend

Sign-ups for Health Olympics begin

Maryland’s skinniest town, Hancock, will play host to the 4th annual Walk Across Maryland, this Saturday, September 18, starting at 9 a.m. (participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m.), at the Maryland-Pennsylvania border on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Participants will walk across the entire state of Maryland (1.7 miles), along the length of Pennsylvania Avenue, from the MD-PA border to the C&O Canal. Local police will serve as escorts. Parking will be available at the Hancock Assembly of God, which is a short distance from the starting line.

The first 200 participants to arrive will receive free 2010 Walk Across Maryland Tshirts, provided by Washington County Hospital.

One of the event organizers, Dr. Marilyn Nelson, commented, “Everyone is welcome. Walking is a form of exercise available to almost all people. Regular exercise is a necessary part of a prescription for good health. We hope people will use the Walk Across Maryland to jumpstart their fall exercise programs.”

There will be entertainment throughout the Walk Across Maryland. There will be musicians, cheerleaders, hoola hoopers, skaters, belly dancing, and a Zumba demonstration. Local media and politicians have been invited to participate as well.

Walk Across Maryland will also serve as the first official sign-up day for the 2010 Health Olympics. A signup table will be located outside Hahn and Nelson Family Medicine offices, along the Walk Across Maryland route, at 131 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

For more information, call Hahn and Nelson Family Medicine at 301-678-7007 or e-mail mhahn@oxbowemr.com.

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