Noon-hour walk gets campus community to shake a leg

July 13, 2006, volume 36, no. 6
By Carol Thorbes

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The Terry Fox statue in the middle of Burnaby campus is the gathering-spot for a new walking group led by Jessie Girard.

SFU's fitness coordinator recently invited campus community members to join her in a noon-hour stroll every Thursday.

So far a couple of dozen people at varying fitness levels — and a dog — have accepted the challenge to exercise, either because they want to increase their heart rate or because they just enjoy walking with someone.

“I selected the Terry Fox statue as our gathering point,” says Girard, “because his active lifestyle, despite losing a leg to cancer, is inspirational.”

Girard likes to take people into unfamiliar territory: “I've walked the group past the gym complex and field because many people believe they're so far away. We've also walked around the student residences. It's informative to see the other side of campus and refreshing to find new travel patterns.”

She hopes to keep the walks going indefinitely, rain or shine.

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