Ferrysburg resident Fred Bryant said participating in a similar event with his daughter in Tucson, Ariz., motivated him to organize the local activity. He worked with Ferrysburg City Council members Kathleen Kennedy and Rebecca Hopp to get the ball rolling.
Despite cool temperatures and steady rain, a dozen walkers participated in the inaugural event last week.
“It was epic,” said 8-year-old Marcus Zambelli as he walked along Pine Street in Ferrysburg with his friend, Dylan Regelin, and their moms, Cheri Dew and Leslie Regelin.
Both boys agreed they wanted to continue next week.
Leslie Regelin said they motivated the boys by offering to buy them a treat when they completed 5 miles.
The boys added up the miles from their two-week effort and smiled as they realized they would qualify for their first prize purchased by their mothers. They also had a treat when they stopped at The Reef Party Store on West Spring Lake Road, just short of the turn-around for the 4-mile route.
Bryant said it is a good way to meet your neighbors, get some exercise and have fun. If they get enough interest, Bryant said it will continue year-round with other activities.
Organizers mapped out several distances good for walkers of all ages and abilities, Hopp said. Strollers, wheelchairs and dogs on leash are also welcome, she said.
The activity is free, but anyone participating is asked to register at the tent set up in the Old Boys Brewhouse parking lot, 971 W. Savidge St.