Arlington Transportation Partners celebrated National Walking Day 2017 last week with over 1,000 walkers stopping by one of our three pit stops in Ballston, Crystal City and Rosslyn. This year, we had an additional pit stop at Columbia Pike hosted by Arlington County and WalkArlington. Sunny 70°F weather made it ideal for our registrants to enjoy a walking break with friends and coworkers.
People referred to the guided tours in the Walkabout maps, or just to stroll around the block near their offices. On their route, walkers stopped by the pit stop closest to their route to partake in the festivities planned at each location. Fun swag, information from local vendors and desk fitness demonstrations by Virginia Hospital Center were available at all pit stops.
Many ATP Champions organized walking groups amongst their staff and registered for the event to confirm participation, including PBS, the Smithsonian Institution, NatureServe, Fors Marsh Group, Hilton Arlington & Towers and more. We also had many participants in Arlington Public Schools who conducted their own walking groups after school.
National Walking Day is a great way to promote health and wellness among staff and residents. Walk to the metro, conduct walking meetings or walk during lunch breaks – every step counts towards a healthier lifestyle. Healthier employees take fewer sick days and are more productive.
A special thank you to our pit stop sponsors:
- The Nature Conservancy in Ballston
- Vornado in Crystal City
- The JBG Companies in Rosslyn
An event as big as this cannot be done alone, a big thanks to our local community partners and vendors who participated:
- American Heart Association
- Ballston BID
- Crystal City BID
- Mind Your Body Oasis
- Navy Federal Credit Union Bank
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop
- Sports & Health Club
- The Holistic Point
- Virginia Hospital Center