Berlin walks off with second 'Step into Summer' triumph

Published on Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:20
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

BERLIN - The town recently won its second straight Central Connecticut Heath District “Step into Summer” walking competition.

The competition measured miles walked per participant in Berlin, Newington, Rocky Hill and the CCHD Central Office between April 30 and June 10.

“We’re very proud,” said Lecia Paonessa, point of contact for the competition for the town, adding that a group at the senior center enjoyed adding 66,000 steps to the town’s count.

According to the district, the average person’s stride is 2.5 feet, so 10,000 steps equals about 5 miles, with 2,000 steps equaling a mile.

The town averaged 143.5 miles per person during the six-week competition, adding 9,041 miles to the total of 31,868.3 miles walked across all districts. Wethersfield came in third with 127.6 average miles per participant, adding 10,975.5 miles to the total; Rocky Hill came in fourth with 110.9, adding 6,656.7; and Newington came in fifth with 110.8, adding 3,655.5 miles to the total.

The CCHD came in second, adding 1,539.8 total miles.

Wethersfield received the “Impact Award” during the competition for its efforts.

“That’s what we want to see,” said Ann Hartman of the CCHD of Wethersfield’s improvement from last year. Overall the number of participants was down about 30 from last year, she said, and the CCHD will be looking to increase awareness next year and provide more free pedometers.

All participants measured their own steps during the competition and entered them through an Anthem website.

The competition culminated on Thursday, June 29, with an award ceremony during the first concert in a summer series at Veterans Memorial Amphitheater at Elm Ridge Park in Rocky Hill.

According to Hartman, preliminary survey feedback shows that 62 percent of participants have increased their exercise or kept it the same since the competition, while 31 percent say they have decreased it.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:20. Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2017 21:22.