Women walk mall for fitness

Some people are known to wear out their shoes in the local mall, but two Trail, B.C., women have set a furious pace for mall-fitness walking.

TRAIL, B.C. — Some people are known to wear out their shoes in the local mall, but two Trail, B.C., women have set a furious pace for mall-fitness walking.

Linda Golberg and Deanna Welsh have surpassed the 5,000 mile or close to 8,000 kilometre walking mark at the local Waneta Plaza Mall.

They are part of a group dubbed the Waneta Plaza Mall Walkers, that started taking the stroll back in 1991 and have met almost every morning, Monday to Friday, since.

The walkers once numbered as many as 30 but are now down to about 10.

“We originally had large numbers but like most events it has gotten smaller and larger a number of times over the years,” said Plaza manager, Linda MacDermid. “I would like to start a push again for numbers to grow.”

While Welsh and Golberg didn’t start walking in the mall until about nine years ago, veteran strollers Irene Ashby and Catharine Bradshaw have been there since the beginning.

“We walked for nearly 20 years but back then we never kept track,” said Bradshaw.

A full lap around the mall is about a quarter of a mile, so four laps equals a mile. The walkers have a logbook to enter their daily output that averages about two miles a day.

“We use to do a lot more, but it’s up to you — if you only want to walk twice, you only walk twice,” added Golberg.

The ladies all started walking for various reasons, mostly for their health in a comfortable and convenient atmosphere, but also for the cup of coffee and an opportunity to relax and socialize.

“We’ve solved all the problems in the world and they don’t know a thing about it,” said Welsh.

At a special breakfast organized by Plaza staff, Golberg and Welsh were presented with fleece vests to mark their achievement.

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