On the second of eight 90-degree days in Minneapolis, people in green shirts gathered outside at Lake Harriet. Why? To take part in the 16th annual Walker Methodist Stride for Seniors 5k/10k.
After a fully virtual event in 2020, the Stride for Seniors was back in person for 2021, while still offering a virtual option. Of the 483 people who signed up this year, 32% were virtual participants, joining in from all over the country. Race boxes were mailed to 17 different states, taking the green shirts all across the country, from New Hampshire to California to Hawaii.
For the first time in more than a year––but for the same great cause––families, friends, and community members came together to walk or run around the lake. From the eldest (91 years old) to the youngest (10 months old), all participants were in stride together. Those who came to watch also cheered on 37 kids under 18 years old, as well as 24 racers older than 80 years old.
This fun event is always a highlight of each year, but its purpose makes it extra special. All proceeds from the race, hosted by the Walker Methodist Foundation, support our communities. The support of everyone who registered, as well as those who support the Foundation, really does make a difference. Last year, Walker Methodist raised more than $100,000 for older adults and team members affected by the pandemic. And, our 23 generous sponsors donated $56,000 toward this event.
Four Walker Methodist also communities celebrated with their own 1k walks, offering residents, families, and team members who couldn’t make it to Lake Harriet a way to join the fun. Thank you to everyone who supported the race. We can’t wait for the 17th annual Stride for Seniors in 2022!