LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A group of about 30 residents laced up their running shoes and gathered at the Angelina County Courthouse for the start of the Walk Across Texas Campaign.
The campaign first started in 1996 and has the goal of having groups of eight people divide the total miles it takes to walk from Port Arthur to El Paso; 830 miles.
"Sometimes we need that extra push," Texas A&M Agrilife Extension agent Joel Redus said. "It is fun to create some competition and some teams and kind of hold each other accountable and get those extra steps in and find a way to be active."
This will be the second year Janice Cordray will participate in the event. Cordray said she wanted to get her co-workers from the county auditors office on board.
"Each team member has to walk 104 miles but then we want to do more than that," Cordray said. "We got all excited about losing weight and getting healthy."
There are also newcomers to the challenge. Dana Massey is going her co-workers from the county clerks office. The team has been practicing for several weeks and has come up with the name 'The Walking Clerks'.
"We go to the gym every day together on our lunch so we are going to try to get more than that," Massey said. "If you just get up and get off the coach and do something, you are going to be able to make your two miles. You'll be amazed at how many you can do just doing your daily routine."
The groups walked two miles today during their lunch. Massey said the effort put forth shows that anyone can get involved in the movement.
To get involved or if you have questions contact Joel Redus, County Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, at 936-634-6414 x101 or Joel.firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out the WAT website at http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu.