The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Best Walking City Competition shows that, now more than ever, people living in cities are stepping up their walking regimes. That's good news since, on average, every minute of walking can extend your life by about two minutes. They surveyed 200 U.S. incorporated cities based on three walking conducive categories: healthy lifestyles, modes of transportation to and from work and involvement in fitness and sport activities. Source: APMA
ROA-US FreedomWalk Festival in October.
volkssport walking clubs, who take advantage of the walker-friendly environment to offer events open to everyone.
walking their dogs. Close to 22 percent are dog owners." This walking city is home to many volkssport walking clubs, with free walking events offered throughout the year. Next door, Vancouver, Washington offers the April International Discovery Walk Festival, or enjoy one of the top marathons for walkers, the Portland Marathon, in October.
Boston Freedom Trail Walk, which you can enjoy self-guided any day of the year.
DC Monuments Walk, the DC Georgetown Walk, and the DC Zoo/National Cathedral Walk. The yearly ROA-US FreedomWalk Festival tours DC in October.
Manhattan Walks (both Upper and Lower 10K variations}, and the Central Park Walk.
baby strollers." Eugene has wonderful walking trails along the Willamette River, and is home to the Walk With Me marathon and half-marathon, as well as being the destination of the Willamette Valley Relay.
10. Denver, Colorado"This versatile city lends itself to those in search of an active lifestyle. Eleven percent of residents walk for fitness or exercise and 12 percent play sports or exercise once a week."
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