HEHA team get into their stride

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CLAIRE GI­B­LIN

Dust off your walk­ing shoes and start train­ing for a free fun, fam­ily event next month that takes in some of Porirua’s stun­ning walk­ways.

Pound the Pave­ment, on this Satur­day, of­fers a 5km and 10km walk around Aotea La­goon, plus an 11km mixed ter­rain walk or run around the city and through Botham­ley Park.

It has been or­gan­ised by Porirua City Coun­cil and Healthy Eat­ing, Healthy Ac­tion (HEHA).

‘‘Porirua has some won­der­ful walk­ways, and this event is a great op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote them, as well as en­cour­age peo­ple to get out walk­ing,’’ says HEHA co­or­di­na­tor Jes­sica Saolele.

The event at­tracted 300 peo­ple last year and Ms Saolele is con­fi­dent of see­ing more this year.

‘‘The fo­cus is on tak­ing part and fin­ish­ing. It’s not an elite event. We also want to en­cour­age peo­ple to get ac­tive.

‘‘A lot can’t af­ford to go to the gym and walk­ing is a great free ex­er­cise.’’

The motto of the event is pos­i­tive achieve­ment comes from tak­ing one step at a time. For train­ing tips go to the­walk­ingsite.com/be­gin­ner

You can reg­is­ter for Pound the Pave­ment from 8am on the day at Aotea La­goon with the event start­ing at 9am. Or pick-up a reg­is­tra­tion form from Septem­ber 20 at Te Rau­paraha Arena, Ora Toa Health Unit and Tu­mai Mo Te Iwi PHO.

There will be a num­ber of health pro­mo­tion and food stalls at Aotea La­goon, plus mu­sic to add to the fes­ti­val at­mos­phere of the day.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Porirua City Coun­cil, 237 5089.

Walk this way: Porirua City Coun­cil’s Healthy Eat­ing Healthy Ac­tion co­or­di­na­tor Jes­sica Saolele out ‘‘prep­ping’’ for the Pound the Pave­ment fun/run walk at Aotea La­goon on Oc­to­ber 9.

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