The Berlin Mall is pleased to announce its 5th annual *Winter Walk* this Saturday, January 16th with a special kick-off ceremony honoring last year’s walkers who completed the 216-mile course that follows the north/south stretch of route 100.
The 2020 ‘walk’ abruptly ended during week 8 of 14 when businesses shut down due to the pandemic. “We still managed to raise $4760 for the Humane Society, which was a huge boost for them,” said Mall Manager, Kay Nuissl. “This year we hope to raise at least that much for the Good Samaritan Haven, also known as the homeless shelter.”
Already a few walkers are stretching their legs and we look forward to seeing more of them again throughout the 14-week program, which concludes on April 24th. Walking has many health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease and high blood pressure, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood, and improve your balance and coordination.
Many doctors and physical therapists prescribe walking at the mall in its safe, climate controlled environment. There’s a strong social element and sense of community also developing around the mall, which is becoming a hub for events and activities. Town administrators, mall owners and area businesses are working together to transform the 65-acre property to a New Town Center, which would ultimately be more pedestrian friendly and offer a mixture of retail, residential, service uses, and other public amenities.
The 98-unit senior living center, Chestnut Place, is well underway with a completion date scheduled for October of this year. Chestnut Place is the event’s new and leading sponsor followed by Passumpsic Bank and Casella’s. Planet Fitness, WDEV and the Times Argus also sponsor the walk. Look for the Walker-of-the-Week column in the Times Argus-generally at the bottom of the sports page.
“I’m not sure what motivates the walkers more,” continues Nuissl with a smile, “the health benefits, the social aspect, raising money for such a worthy cause, or the bacon filled cinnamon rolls at Central Perks Café, but I sure look forward to hearing their footsteps and chatter.”
Registering is easy; just to www.theberlinmall.com/walk and fill in the blanks. Be prepared to create a handle, an anonymous nick-name to be placed on the nine maps that highlight route 100 to track your progress. Can you walk 100 miles to help the homeless?
*Face masks are required when visiting the mall.