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A great day for a golden walk

Janette Eastridge walks with Sue Johnson, who carried her oxygen and finished the Golden Mile event.
Submitted photos
Charles and Janet Justice walking the golden mile hand in hand at Ralph Stout Park Friday morning.
Dr. John Payne, advisory board president, Barbara Seals DHT president, and Joan Payne, organizer of
the Golden Mile event.

By Beth Cox

Friday’s fall weather was perfect for the third annual Johnson County Senior Center’s Golden Mile Walk.
Thanks to superb planning and plenty of transportation, 76 seniors loaded up and headed to Ralph Stout Park to walk a mile.
The participants were encouraged to walk the mile at their own pace, but arrangements were in place for the seniors who could not finish the mile.
Sixty- five seniors completed the mile and received a medal and other awards as well as a group picture.
The second phase of an already wonderful day happened at the senior center, where everyone was treated to a delicious meal catered by the Levi Retirees and with music by Randy Dandurand.
Executive Director, Kathy Motsinger was happy with Friday’s events. “The Golden Mile walk helps to promote fitness among our seniors. I’m so thankful the weather was nice for this special event.” Motsinger said, adding, “I know it is an important event when I see a sweet lady walk the whole mile while carrying oxygen, now that’s dedication and perseverance.”
The sweet woman was Sue Johnson, who enjoyed the walk and felt very accomplished by finishing it.
“I was pleasantly surprised I finished the mile since I am on oxygen,” she said. “I enjoy all the exercise programs. I lost my husband a year ago, so coming to the center has helped me a lot.”
Motsinger went all out for this special event as she ordered t-shirts for everyone and had many special treats and surprises.
“None of this would be possible without Danny Herman Trucking,” she said. “I am so grateful to Barbara Seals and Joe Herman, they are so supportive of what we do here and how they show their love for the senior population of Johnson County.” Joan Payne organized the Golden Mile event, she along with her husband John Payne are instrumental in not only the Golden Mile but in many facets of the senior center. Motsinger states, “The Paynes are a tremendous asset to the senior center; I appreciate their dedication and vision of what we do for the seniors of our community.”
The Johnson County Senior Center does not have much time to rest, the fall festival is coming up, and everyone is involved in the planning and implementation of this great event.