I've always been an avid walker, for fitness, local errand-running and for the sake of discovering tiny curiosities in cities, as a kind of modern-day, female "flâneur." In May, I stepped up to a new phase of life on foot: I've signed on as an Ambassador for Walk2Connect, a Denver-based organization dedicated to inspiring people to walk more and making places more pedestrian friendly.
The organization was founded by Jonathon Stalls, a champion of "life at 3 miles per hour," who walked from the Delaware coast to San Francisco in 2010 and has since started a movement to help people slow down, reconnect with themselves and others, and reap the spiritual and physical rewards of walking, whether just through their neighborhoods or between different cities.
I'll be hosting two weekly "same time same place" walks starting next week as Walk2Connect and Go Boulder kick off Boulder's Walk and Bike Month. Join our Boulder Walks Meetup group to sign up for my Tuesday morning meditation and Thursday morning fitness walks in South Boulder! I've nicknamed my fitness walk route the "gratitude loop" for the awesome views and great perspective it provides on the wonders of where I live.
Next Thursday night, June 4th, Walk2Connect is hosting a dance party at GreenSpaces Denver to launch its new crowdfunding campaign, the proceeds of which will help support walk ambassadors like me! It's going to be great fun - come out and party for a fabulous cause, enjoy great music and let loose with me and my fellow ambassadors. You'll meet Jonathon and the amazing Rachel Hultin, Walk2Connect's community program director and a fellow urban enthusiast, watch the organization's awesome new video and learn all about our work. Hope to see you there, or out on a walk soon!