Walk­ing to work day

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

More than 280 run­ners, jog­gers, walk­ers and strollers gath­ered in Grafton last Wed­nes­day as part of Walk2Work day.

Co­or­di­nated by Liv­ing Streets Aotearoa, hun­dreds of fit­ness-con­scious Ki­wis gath­ered in the main cen­tres around the coun­try.

“We ran out of muffins and scones by 8.30am,” says Andy Smith, who helped or­gan­ise the Auck­land break­fast.

Mr Smith, 54, has been walk­ing ac­tively for 10 years and says even small changes like get­ting off the bus one stop early makes a dif­fer­ence.

Kelvin Aris, the Auck­land net­worker for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, says this year was the first time the Walk2Work event was held in Auck­land af­ter it was pi­loted in Welling­ton last year.

“We want peo­ple to re­alise walk­ing as a form of trans­port as well as the health and so­cial ben­e­fits.”

Mr Aris catches a ferry from Bayswa­ter each morn­ing and then walks or cy­cles to his work in Free­mans Bay.

Eden Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Christo­pher Dempsey was pleased to sup­port the event.

“Walk­ing is one of life’s treats and with the soft morn­ing light like to­day, noth­ing beats a re­lax­ing walk to work.”

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