Decatur Eighters top Walk Across Texas contest

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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The 21st annual Walk Across Texas is in the books.

The top three teams were: first place, The Decatur Eighters – Wise Health System, 3,670 miles (Jordan Holzbog, team captain, Amy Hermes, Becky Samstag, Jason Wren, Debbie Runnels, Matt Runnels, Tom Cocke, and Paul Aslin); second place, Team 360 – Wise Health System, 3,490 miles (Leah Throckmorton, team captain, Nicole Ferrell, Shawna Merchangt, Sara Ratliff, Johnathan Swofford, Lisa Cruz, Jill Hughes, and Kelly Swofford; third place, Boonsville Bandits, 3,296 miles (Robert Grantham, team captain, Cindy Highfill, Jessica Davis, Maynard Reeves, Ginger Jimenez, and Ryli Richardson).

Additional teams that achieved the milestone of Walking Across Texas were: fourth place, Greenwood Walkers, 3,140 miles; fifth place, Not Fast Just Furious1, 3,034 miles; sixth place, Boonsville Slackers, 2,277 miles; seventh place, Fit Bits and Pieces, 1,895 miles; eighth place, The Street Walkers, 1,889 miles; ninth place, Blister Sisters, 1,767 miles; 10th place, Rhonda’s Best Body Bunch, 1,620 miles; 11th place, The Step Sisters, 1,567 miles, 12th place, Alvord FUMC Soleful Strutters, 1,482 miles, 13th place, Bust a Move, 1,439 miles; 14th place, Shoe Ins, 1,403 miles; 15th place, Scrambled Leg, 1,352 miles; 16th place, Takin a Hike, 1,272 miles; 17th place, Not Fast Just Furious2, 1,230 miles; 18th place, Successful Survivors, 1,206 miles; and 19th place, Women in Action, 972 miles.

The team captains and individual team members did a super job logging 39,809 total miles in eight weeks. The top individual walker was Lynn Foster of Not Fast Just Furious1 with 1,542 miles. Amy Hermes of The Decatur Eighters was second with 950 miles. Bobbie Ashley of the Greenwood Walkers logged 641 miles for third. Rounding out the top five were Geraldine Shadburn of the Greenwood Walkers with 640 miles and Leah Throckmorton with 600 miles.

Congratulations to the 152 Walk Across Texas participants who completed all eight weeks. If they continue walking at the same level as during Walk Across Texas, they have the potential to save collectively $2,723,613 in future health care costs by avoiding type 2 diabetes and reducing work absences.

The following is a sample of benefits that individuals indicated were a result of their participation:

  • Walk Across Texas kept me moving more because I knew I was on a team and wanted to do my part.
  • By setting a goal and having to log in and report progress, I actually exceeded my expectations.
  • I have done 20 of the last 21 years and have been a team captain. I am 86 years old.

Thank you to Fuzzy’s Tacos in Decatur and Catfish O’Harlies for serving as our weekly door prize sponsors. If you and/or your team have not received your certificates, contact Karen Brown at the Extension office. The office is located at 206 S. State, Decatur. Call 940-627-3341 to let us know you are coming by.

This activity was hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wise County, Family and Consumer Sciences Committee.

It is never too late for you and a team of eight to begin the Walk Across Texas program. Contact us to find out how.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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