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Mayor Celebrates ‘Walk 100 Miles’ Finale with Community


Participants Walk with Mayor at Centennial Park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean today hosted a free, community celebration and walk at Centennial Park to mark the finale of Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor. He led a short walk in the park as part of the celebration event.

Nearly 100 people achieved the 100-mile goal, and free congratulatory t-shirts were distributed at the event for those participants. Mayor Dean also recognized 33 people who met the 100-mile challenge in both 2011 and 2012, for a total of 200 miles.

Last October, Mayor Dean re-launched his Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor campaign and encouraged participants to walk 100 miles by the end of 2012. Hundreds of Nashvillians joined him at Walk with the Mayor events, and more than 18,000 miles were logged online at during the three-month campaign. 

Several inspiring stories have emerged out of the Walk 100 campaign:

  • Ruth Hessey, a 95-year-old Nashvillian, completed the 100-mile challenge by walking laps in the hallway of the senior living center where she resides. Mayor Dean visited her on Thursday, Jan. 24, to congratulate her.
  • Michelle Phillips, who lives in northeast Nashville, lost 115 pounds walking the past two years. She achieved the 100-mile goal in both the 2011 and 2012 Walk 100 campaigns, mostly walking on the Whites Creek Greenway and at the Hartman Community Center.
  • Burton Baggott, who is 84, logged 200 miles during the Walk 100 campaign in 2012 by walking at least 2 miles a day around his Haywood Lane-area neighborhood.

Walk partners for the Walk with the Mayor events included Vanderbilt University, Walgreens, Maplewood High School, Hartman Community Center, Nashville After Zone Alliance, Children’s Christian Center, Nashville Striders, Achilles Nashville and Hip Donelson. Coca-Cola supported the initiative by covering the cost of the t-shirts.

The inaugural Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor in 2011 was highlighted in the HBO documentary, “The Weight of the Nation,” and several municipalities across the country have inquired about replicating the active-living challenge in their communities.