- Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. To find a Walk near you, click here.
- The American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walking Events empowers people to come together to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer. Making Strides walks occur each year, and each one is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well, and raise money to help fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.
Walks range in distance from 3 to 5 miles. To find a Making Strides walk near you, click here.
- Massachusetts State Parks’ Heart Healthy Trails – The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has established wonderful Health Healthy Trails within 70 state parks. DCR is encouraging people to set a personal goal of walking at least 75 miles by Labor Day 2014. They write: Trails are the heart of our parks and DCR wants them to be the heart of a healthy lifestyle. Statewide, over 70 trails will be designated in the hope that Massachusetts residents will make them part of their regular exercise routine. Healthy Heart trails will be identified by a green heart symbol, will measure approximately 1.5 miles or less in length, and are easy to moderate in activity level. The program offers a great way to have fun and get exercise in a low cost way!As part of DCR’s Healthy Heart Initiative …we encourage walkers to visit Healthy Heart Trails in their neighborhood or across the state and to reach a goal of 75 miles walked by Labor Day. Join the Healthy Heart list serve for more information about how to achieve this goal and how to celebrate the success. For detailed information about walking trails in state parks in Massachusetts, click here. Each park has a web page describing its features, and many include a downloadable printable trail map.
- Other Walks – Please send in information about walks you or your walking group have enjoyed and we will post the information here.