WVU Medicine Camden Clark kicks off 'Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days' event

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - One down, 99 to go.

The WVU Medicine Camden Clark Health and Wellness Center kicked off the hospital's annual "100 miles in 100 days" walking program Monday morning.

Despite temperatures in the 40s, nearly two dozen people turned out for the start of the 25th annual event.

For the next three months, through July 23, individual and team participants will be tracking and recording their daily trips around the hospital's walking course.

Organizers said the daily walks are a fun way to compete with friends and co-workers while promoting one of the easiest kinds of exercise.

"It's just mostly promoting how good walking can be for you, all the good health effects it has and everything like that, Pat Perine, fitness and exercise coordinator for the Wellness Center said. It's just promoting walking to the community and to our employees here at WVU-Medicine Camden Clark."

He said it’s also a good way for people to add to their daily exercise routine.

“It adds a fun element of competition and camaraderie with fellow teammates,” Perine said. “Walking is something that can be done anywhere and goes great lengths into improving health and fitness levels.

Last year, more than 4,700 people statewide took part in the program, making it the largest exercise program in West Virginia.