Long Beach Walking Groups offer a way to get fit, meet friends

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walking-long-beachIt’s amazing what we can see when we get out of the car and take a stroll down the street. Whether the pace is leisurely or brisk, the landscape changes when viewed at street level.

Local Walking Clubs are furthering this trend. They’re a fun way to get moving, meet people and explore different neighborhoods.

And, there are three Walking Clubs in Long Beach right now — the Bixby Knolls Strollers, the 2nd Street Walkers, and the Walk Group of North Long Beach.

Walk Group in North Long Beach

Stay in shape, lose that gut! Announcing an ongoing Walk Group in North Long Beach. It’s free — every other Wednesday. Just show up. The first walk will take place this Wednesday September 2 at 5:30 p.m. Come be a ‘huffer’ at Houghton Park.

That’s right — huffin’ & a-puffin! Get in shape! Whether it’s for your general health, weight loss, stress management or to socialize and meet new folks, you’ll want to come on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month to the “Houghton Park Walk’. The one hour walk will begin at the corner of Harding St. & Myrtle Ave. at Houghton Park at 5:30pm. All ages and all levels of fitness are welcome to attend.

There’ll be several “Loop Groups.” While some Walkers may be able to make several loops around the Park in one hour, some Walkers may barely make one. Walkers may do the Walk alone, or in the Loop Group of their choices (fast, medium or slooowwww!)

Please be sure to dress casually, wear good walking shoes & bring a water bottle if you’d like. Walk at your own pace; no streets will need to be crossed. Parking is free along city streets bordering the Park. Just show up, no need to rsvp. For more information about the North Long Beach Walk Group email BradPShore@earthlink.net

Bixby Knolls Strollers

The Bixby Knolls Strollers meet every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at It’s A Grind Coffeehouse, 4245 Atlantic Avenue. The walk lasts about an hour with a different route each week that shows off a section of the neighborhood — past walks have included explorations of the housing develpoment off La Linda Drive and introductions to local businesses.

This group has been meeting since January of 2008, and we hear great things everywhere we go. People are talking about strollin’ in the Knolls and enjoying every minute of it!

For more information about the Bixby Knolls Strollers contact blair@bixbyknollsinfo.com.

2nd Street Walkers

If you tend to hang out closer to the beach or mornings aren’t really your thing, then you might want to meet up with Justin Rudd and the 2nd Street Walkers. This six-week program meets each Monday at 6:30pm in front of Washington Mutual on 2nd Street.

The weekly route will be announced at the start of the walk. Each loop is one mile. There will be several pace groups. While some walkers may be able to complete four laps or more during the hour, others may be able to complete fewer or partial laps. Walkers can do the route alone, or in groups of their choice.

There is no cost to participate, but those that choose to make a $5 donation will be entered into a drawing to split the Jackpot of that night’s donations with C.A.T. (Justin’s nonprofit Community Action Team).

The 2nd Street Walkers had their first meeting last week, but it’s not too late to join the fun. Visit www.justinrudd.com/walkers.html for more information.

Summer is almost over, so get out there and enjoy some fresh air. If you can’t meet up with these local clubs, maybe you can start your own. Grab some friends and hit the street!

About Barbara Holbrook
Barbara Holbrook is the Founder of EverythingLongBeach.com. When she's not breaking building websites, she enjoys exploring Long Beach and discovering new shops and restaurants.


2 Responses to “Long Beach Walking Groups offer a way to get fit, meet friends”
  1. Trish says:

    Oh yeah? how long are the walks? or mile/s? sounds fun.

  2. E. Thor Carlson says:

    The Bixby Knolls Strollers have been meeting since January of 2008. We started this group walking thing. We meet at It’s a Grind, 4245 Atlantic Avenue, not Starbucks. The walks are 3.5 to 4 miles each week. Dogs are encouraged. Come out and stroll with us. We look forward to meeting people from all over the city.