Nearly 6% of Eatonville population walks to help town take title.
WINTER PARK, Fla., November 16, 2013 – Nearly 500 walkers participated in this year’s Mayors’ Sole Challenge, an annual walk in downtown Winter Park. The 30-minute walk is a friendly competition between the communities of Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville to see which one can encourage the most walkers.
This year, once again, Eatonville came out on top with nearly 150 walkers. In addition to winning the title, the historic town also collected the $2,500 prize, which will go to their parks and recreation department to create a healthier Eatonville.
This year’s event also featured music, dancing and “dancewalking”, as well as food, fun activities, free health screenings, and giveaways. Joining in the fun was Bo Outlaw from the Orlando Magic, plus Magic dancers, and participants who ranged in age from toddlers to 95-year-old Ms. Ella Dinkins. Waving to neighbors, golfers and people along the way, the crowd spread smiles and got curious looks and several “thumbs ups” from passers-by.
“It was so much fun seeing so many happy people, smiling and having fun,” said Derricka White, one of the volunteers. What was not to smile about? The weather held out, the “bike blender”, a human-powered bicycle with a blender mounted on top, made delicious smoothies and everyone got to dance, exercise, and as Mayor Mount of Eatonville reminded the crowd, “We get to enjoy fellowship and get healthy!”
The Mayors’ Sole Challenge was made possible with generous support from Healthy Central Florida (HCF) partners, including Florida Hospital, the Winter Park Health Foundation, the City of Winter Park, Track Shack, Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen, Planet Smoothie, the Orlando Magic, RDV Sportsplex, LocoMotion Bike Shop, and the YMCA. Special thanks also to Salsa Heat, Publix and Mears.