Walk of life in Port Moresby
It’s not my usual practice to get up at 4.30 in the morning on a Sunday and join 5000 other people for an eight-kilometre walk through a city down to the sea – and then do yoga – but that was exactly what I did in Port Moresby earlier this year.
I was taking part in the ‘ Walk for Life/ Yoga for Life’ program, organised by the office of Port Moresby’s governor, Powes Parkop.
He is dedicated to the idea of extending the life expectancy, currently 66 years of age, of the people in Port Moresby. His idea for the program is to instill in city residents a value of health.
This is no ordinary walk. You start in darkness at the Murray Barracks and along the route the crowd, led by organisers, stops to do more exercise.
The age range is from babies in slings to elderly men and women. Many are barefoot. Boom boxes blare from the bilums of the participants, and the spirit is festive and joyful.
One of the coordinators of the program, Elizabeth Viviso, says: “It is so amazing to see 5000 to 10,000 people coming out to walk because they see the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.”
Once the throng reaches the sea at the Paga Hill Ring Road, a yoga instructor leads the crowd in yoga positions.
The program operates throughout the year, with seasonal breaks. To check on the next date, email contact@activecityportmoresby. com or phone +675 7297 7147. Tourists are welcome and security is provided.
On the march … a Sunday- morning walk for 5000 people in Port Moresby.