Thou­sands take PineHill Walk!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By An­gel­ica O’DonoghueHolder

The is­land’s largest par­tic­i­pa­tory one-day event was de­clared a suc­cess by or­gan­is­ers at the end of the 17th an­nual PineHill Fun Walk. This year, over 5,000 par­tic­i­pants took over the high­way as they walked at vary­ing speeds from the Vigie Play­ing Field to Pi­geon Is­land (ten miles) in smelt­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Such ded­i­ca­tion is noth­ing new to this health aware­ness event hosted by PineHill. This year things took a slightly dif­fer­ent ap­proach, so as to main­tain a fair and com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment to the fit­ness walk. The or­gan­is­ers in­tro­duced a com­pet­i­tive walk­ers’ sec­tion for par­tic­i­pants with some­thing to prove.

Th­ese com­pet­ing walk­ers were checked at the start of the walk, as well as along the route, to en­sure they com­pleted the task. This was im­ple­mented in or­der to re­ward with medals per­sons who com­pleted the en­tire route. The big win­ners this year in­cluded Ja­son Say­ersm, Nevil Dupre and Ju­lian Tous­saint.

With the theme “Be a part of the move­ment,” the 2016 PineHill Fun Walk de­liv­ered all that par­tic­i­pants had hoped for. It at­tracted the par­tic­u­larly fit and trim, moms and dads, as well as the not-so-able­bod­ied. Even the tod­dlers had a good time. Through their mar­ket­ing cam­paign the or­gan­is­ers en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to walk with their friends and fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially their chil­dren. Par­tic­u­larly grat­i­fy­ing was the award­ing of prizes to the phys­i­cally chal­lenged on the walk. Kr­ishna Sat­ney won that cat­e­gory. The youngest par­tic­i­pant also re­ceived a medal.

No sur­prise that walk­ers wel­comed the many PineHill juices on hand. Mr. Walker, the mas­cot, ap­peared in pur­ple, pink, red, or­ange, yel­low and green. Though the walk is pri­mar­ily geared to­wards pro­mot­ing a healthy and ac­tive life­style, there was also its char­ity side. The or­gan­is­ers will make a con­tri­bu­tion to the World Pae­di­atric Project to help chil­dren in need of life-chang­ing surg­eries.

At the end of the walk par­tic­i­pants were treated to a light break­fast and a health, well­ness and fit­ness fair spon­sored by health as­so­ci­a­tions, nu­tri­tion­ists, lo­cal spas and gyms.

Do­ing the Walk with De­ter­mi­na­tion.

Th­ese walk­ers did not even break their pace for the photo op.

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