The City of Mesquite Athletics & Leisure Services Department and Mesa View Regional Hospital hosted their 18th Annual Heart Walk earlier this month. The 5-kilometer walk began at the Mesquite Recreation Center and ended at the Mesa View hospital.
Over 300 walkers of all ages along with a few canines participated this year. Participants walked with a group, with a friend, or alone, it didn’t really matter because there was always someone to say “hello” to as you passed by.
Everyone had a great time, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The skies were blue, the sun was shining, and the temperatures were in the high 60’s. You couldn’t have asked for a better day.
There were volunteers at the Rec Center that offered information on the upcoming Mesquite Senior Games and others that were asking for input on future walking paths in Mesquite and local areas. There was an hour before the walk began that had guest speakers as well as raffle prizes for the participants.
Each participant received a tee-shirt at the Rec Center, with fruit and water stations along the way to help keep the walker’s energy level up. Mesa View had several tables set up offering information, snacks, beverages, and products.
The City of Mesquite provided their Citizen Volunteer Patrol to keep the walkers safe while crossing intersections. These volunteers are definitely an asset to these types of events.
Silver Rider provided free bus rides back to the Rec Center for those that chose not to walk the 3.2 miles back to their vehicles.
Special thanks to the following organizations for providing snacks, water, and health-related items before, during, and after the walk.
The City of Mesquite, Reliance Connects, Comfort Home Health and Hospice, Mesa View Hospice and Mesa View Regional Hospital, Rotary, Mercy Air, Senior Games, Guillen, Silver Rider, Kids for Sports Foundation, Highland Manor of Mesquite, Mega Pro, and Fit Physical Therapy. Also, extra special thanks to all of the volunteers that made this year’s walk a success.
This reporter conquered the course in 65 minutes with an average walking speed of 2.9 MPH. Not too bad, considering the frequent stops for photos, snacks, and hydration!
Visit the Mesquite NV Athletics and Leisure Services Department Facebook page, or http://www.mesquitenv.gov for more information about the walk or other activities taking place in our area.