The Arthritis Walk at Six Flags Magic Mountain was a smashing success today! There was a HUGE turnout and the theme park was the perfect location.
Having the walk at an amusement park really made everything more festive. We did a short walk around the park, while a custom playlist of “walking” songs played: Walkin’ on Sunshine, Walk Like an Egyptian, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), and more. I love that it was a short walk. It’s not about the 3 mile (or 1 mile) walk, it’s about the people and the money and awareness raised. The short walk gave us more time for bonding with other arthritis warriors and supporters.
My two supporters were my beau PJ and my good friend Holly. PJ was the tattoo artist at the Arthritis Foundation booth and hooked kids and adults up with a “Kids Get Arthritis, Too” tats. Holly has been to nearly every Arthritis Walk since I starting going to the walks back in 2001. The walk is an early call for a Sunday (9am), so yay to PJ and Holly for coming out!
Those that raised $150 dollars or more were given a free ticket to get into the park for the rest of the day. Sweet! A group of six of us (thanks for the coaxing, Jocelyn!) went into the park after devouring burgers and hot dogs from the walk BBQ. We rode a few rides, got a little sunburned, and then called it a day.
It was great seeing people in the park with their Arthritis Walk shirts and Hero hats on as we wandered around the park.
Special thanks goes out to my good friend Mike for coming with me to the New York Arthritis Walk in Battery Park last weekend while I was in town visiting. NYC started their walk at 10am, which was kinda nice, I gotta say. Sometimes those joints don’t get moving until after 9am. 🙂
I’m looking forward to the Irvine Walk in two weeks that I’ll be doing with my brother and mom.
If you haven’t done so already, sign up for an Arthritis Walk near you and raise money for a cure and awareness for this often invisible disease.
Just wanted to send out a reminder that we are in the midst of Arthritis Walk season! I’m kicking off the season by attending the New York City walk in Battery Park on April 26. I’ll be visiting a friend there that weekend and couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning in NYC. I’m excited to see how the NY chapter rolls. The following weekend I’ll be attending and volunteering at my hometown walk — the San Fernando Valley Arthritis Walk in Valencia, Calif. at Magic Mountain. Then, on May 17th, I’ll be attending the Irvine, Calif. walk with my mom and my brother, which I’m very much looking forward to. And that will conclude my 2009 Arthritis Walk tour. I’d like to attend the Los Angeles walk at Santa Monica beach, but I will likely be out of town that weekend. 🙁
What walk are you attending? Are you bringing friend?. Are you raising money? Are you walking for someone special to you? Share your walk stories in the comments and feel free to post a link to your donation page!
Check out the national walk site for information about walks around the U.S. Find a walk in your area and start a team!
I’ll leave you with the words of my arthritis friend Jenn’s husband: Why run, when you can walk?
Grab your sneakers! It's time to sign up for the Arthritis Walk.
I love the arthritis walks for two simple reasons. The walks raise money for the Arthritis Foundation and awareness for arthritis-related diseases — two very important things.
It’s time to start building teams and raising money for your city’s arthritis walk! Start early and stay dedicated to your cause. Your local Arthritis Foundation branch will appreciate your efforts!
Local Plug: If you live in Los Angeles, like me, there is a good possibility that you could hit two walks. There will be one on May 3 at Magic Mountain and one on June 7 in Santa Monica Beach. If you live in LA, join our Facebook Group for the Magic Mountain walk in Valencia, CA. Start a team and we’ll see you at the theme park on May 3!
So … what are you waiting for. Here’s your chance to get involved and make an impact!
Three Easy Steps to Get Started
- Find a walk in your area by going to letsmovetogether.org.
- Start a team and invite your friends to join you.
- Raise money.
Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be offering fundraising tips and ideas, so check back often. If you have tips of your own to offer, leave them in the comments or email me.
Shameless Plug: Buy one of our fun, ArthritisFriend.com tees and wear it proudly at your local walk!
Let’s get moving!