Lead more active lifestyles, group urges

BY Jim Hilley
jim@theitem.com
Posted 9/12/17

Helping people lead more active lifestyles by walking and biking is the goal of Sumter County Active Lifestyles. To promote that goal, the group has events such as Saturday's Grandparents Day Walk held at Patriot Park.

The organization tries to …

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Lead more active lifestyles, group urges

JIM HILLEY /  THE SUMTER ITEMMonica Jackson, right, walks with her grandparents at the Grandparents Day Walk sponsored by Sumter County Active Lifestyles at Patriot Park on Saturday.
JIM HILLEY / THE SUMTER ITEM
Monica Jackson, right, walks with her grandparents at the Grandparents Day Walk sponsored by Sumter County Active Lifestyles at Patriot Park on Saturday.
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Helping people lead more active lifestyles by walking and biking is the goal of Sumter County Active Lifestyles. To promote that goal, the group has events such as Saturday's Grandparents Day Walk held at Patriot Park.

The organization tries to sponsor some sort of event every month, Executive Director Catherine Blumberg said.

She said they schedule their walks at different locations and times of the day so more people can become involved.

"We like to introduce people to the different places to be active," she said.

Previous walks have been at such places as Dillon Park and the Cypress Trail, she said.

Sue Griffin of Sumter, who participated in Saturday's Grandparents Day Walk, said she was surprised that Patriot Park has such a nice walking area after following SCAL's one-mile course around the ponds at the park.

"The walk was beautiful through the forest and the pond," Griffin said.

She was unable to bring her grandchildren, however.

"Of course, they had soccer," she explained.

Several activities were available at the walk to entertain children, including Hula Hoops, throwing games as well as snacks and drinks.

SCAL was started in 1999, Blumburg said, and originally was funded by government grants.

"We lost our grant funding about four years ago, but we had enough volunteers who wanted to see it continue," she said.

Today, the nonprofit organization is funded by donations, Blumberg said.

SCAL volunteer Deanna Anderson said the group was planning a costume walk for downtown Sumter on Oct. 21, but the details haven't been worked out.

"That should be a lot of fun," she said.

For more information, call (803) 774-3860.