This weekend will kick off the 13th Annual Walk Nashville Week here in Music City. Walk Week, an event that seeks to make active means of transportation a reality for Nashvillians, will run October 1-8 and feature a variety of fun and healthy events to promote walking and/or biking for fun, exercise and transportation.
The event will start Saturday morning at Vanderbilt University with the Heart Walk, a huge event expecting more than 10,000 participants to help attain their goal this year of $1.4 million. All festivities begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 10 a.m. Funds raised from the walk will benefit research, education and community programs.
The Heart Walk is only the beginning of healthy and exciting events occurring during Walk Week. On Monday, Nashvillian’s are encouraged to take part in the Walk at Lunch activity downtown. Mayor Karl Dean and Tom Turner, president and CEO of the Nashville Downtown Partnership will be speaking and leading a 15-minute lunchtime walk. The first 500 participants to cross the finish line will receive free (and healthy!) lunch from the Pita Pit. Walk at Lunch is Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Center Plaza.
On Tuesday, take part in the Walk and Bike Your City event. Interactive “walkers” will be placed at Fifth Third Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are invited to paint the walkers who will then be placed downtown as they “walk” about.
Walk to School Day is Wednesday. Join Mayor Karl Dean and children from more than 65 schools across the area. The walk will begin at 8:15 a.m. and Dean along with other city leaders will speak at 9:25 a.m. during the school assembly. This year’s host school is Dupont Hadley Middle School.
On Thursday, join Nashville in the Walk for Active Aging. Senior Citizens at area community centers have been challenging themselves in participation of a 21-day walking and healthy eating challenge in partnership with Meharry Center for Women’s Health Research. An awards presentation and health fair will be held to honor those participants from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hadley Community Center.
Walk to Work with your community on Friday. Metro Public Health and Music City Star will hold this event downtown at Public Square from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Attendees will be given breakfast bars and fresh fruit, and the Farmer’s Market off of Rosa L Parks Blvd will offer a free bag of produce from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Green Hills Action Partners and Whole Foods Market will present Walk Green Hills from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at Whole Foods in the Hill Center. There, participants will get free water and snacks complimentary from Whole Foods.
To conclude Walk Week, join Mayor Dean and city representatives as they hike Shelby Bottoms Greenway for Walk with Nature Saturday. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m.
For more information about the events happening during Walk Week, visit the event’s website at www.walkbikenashville.org.