22nd Annual In Step and In Shape Walk is May 24 in Antioch Park

For over two decades, an early summer special event presented by the 50 Plus department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District has given participants an opportunity to get outside, enjoy local trails, and stay active.

Now in its 22nd year, this year’s In Step and In Shape Walk will take place on Wednesday, May 24, in Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. This event will begin at 9 a.m. under Antioch Park’s Shelter #3. The organized walk on the park’s one-mile trail will be a Poker Walk. Participants will collect cards at various stations around the walk and have a chance to swap out cards to get their best hand. Prizes will be given to the best hands as well as the worst. In addition, there will be opportunities to try out various fitness activities, visit with a number of vendors, and We will be playing a music identification game called Pop Quiz. Lunch will be cheeseburgers grilled at the park, fresh cut watermelon, loaded baked potato salad, and more.

This year’s lunch speaker is JCPRD's own Executive Director, Jill Geller. Geller has served in this position since April 2014 when the agency veteran was selected as the result of a national search. She first came to the district in August 1980 as a recreation coordinator whose duties included teaching aerobics, gymnastics, and officiating volleyball. In 1982, she was promoted to recreation specialist, where she oversaw the Fitness/Wellness Department. Another promotion came in 1984, this time to recreation manager, overseeing the Corporate and Community Wellness Department. She became JCPRD’s superintendent of recreation in April 2004, and served as interim executive director after the previous director left the agency in late 2013.

To find the In Step and In Shape Walk in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 Plus and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords “special event.”

Walk participants will check in at Antioch Park's Patio Shelter #3 at 9 a.m. The cost for this four-hour event is $9 per person. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, follow the green “Register for Activities” link and complete a barcode search for 39204.

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the 50 Plus Department at (913) 826-3030 for space availability. The My JCPRD Activities catalog is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches.

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