Thousands take PineHill Walk!
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.