Walkers log more than 7,000 miles in Heritage Hall over the winter months

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department sponsored its annual walking program and pictured are the individuals who completed the Indiana walkers and the “500” walkers challenges. 
The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department sponsored its annual walking program and pictured are the individuals who completed the Indiana walkers and the “500” walkers challenges.  Photo provided.

The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department wrapped up the 2012-2013 walking season with a celebration on Friday, April 26. 

This season, the walkers logged more than 7,040 miles as a group, the equivalent to just over two trips from San Diego, CA, to Bangor, ME.

Walkers were challenged to "Walk Across Indiana" by personally logging at least 140 miles, the distance across the state.

Fourteen walkers completed that challenge.

Another challenge issued to walkers was to "Walk the Indy 500," or walk at least 500 miles.  Six walkers met this challenge.

The 2013-2014 walking season will begin on Oct. 7.

Beginning in October, Heritage Hall at Hier's Park will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 7 to 9 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m. for free walking.

Complete caption: The Huntington Parks and Recreation Department sponsored its annual walking program and pictured are the individuals who completed the Indiana walkers and the “500” walkers challenges.  The “500” walkers are (front row from left) Bonnie Clampitt, Glen Searles, Bob Strickler, Wally Emley, Diana Emley and Sandy Gosnell.  The Indiana walkers include (back row from left) Lupe Vargas, Bonnie Kratz, Eve Bickel, Gary Brown, Susan Waikel, Larry Waikel, Judy Harrell, Jennifer Hotchkiss, Pete McCoart and Carolyn Belding. Not pictured are Chuck Clampitt, Stephanie Smith, Martha Jennings, Jim Jennings and Linda Moore.