By: Paula Walter
At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 21st, over 110 senior adults from the Johnson County Senior Center converged on Ralph Stout Park to enjoy a mile walk on the newly completed “Goose Trail.” The concept of a leisurely walk by the seniors was initiated by Kathy Motsinger, the Senior Center Director, in an effort to promote fitness and movement by the participants. The Golden Mile was coordinated by Joan Payne, a former physical education teacher and coach at Johnson County High School. There was enthusiastic participation from those who were barely seniors to others who were 90-plus years young. All participants received a golden t-shirt to commemorate the event and the more than 70 persons who completed the Golden Mile walk were recognized and awarded a medallion for their efforts.
At the completion of their walk, the participants were also rewarded with a nutritious lunch catered by the Coffee House Cafe. The seniors participated in other activities such as “corn hole”, Rook, horse shoes, and blood pressure checks while waiting for all walkers to finish their trek.
The shirts and meal for the event were graciously sponsored by the Extra Mile Ministries (Barbara Seals, Joe Herman, and Priscilla Herman) and unique wood craft door prizes were provided by J. R. Campbell, former JCHS basketball coach. The blood pressure checks were compliments of the Johnson County Community Hospital. The Johnson County Senior Center especially thanks these community sponsors, because without support from them and others like them we would not be able to provide such special activities for our seniors to enjoy.