Start For Maplewood Movers
The Second Mile
|Hugh Riley, Jan Bin Reuter, aide LuEtta Morris
and Robert Banks take a rest during the walk.
|Anna Ortiz (l), and Evelyn Gunn (r) were
steady performers during the first outing of The Maplewood
Movers. Here they assist Rock Steady during the middle
stages of the walk.
The Maplewood Movers got off to a fast start on September
26. Six residents at the Maplewood Manor in Germantown went
out for a walk with a group of Wissahickon Wanderers. The
walkers put in a half-mile on the pavement in their first
workout in the eight-week program. Walking for Maplewood Manor
retirement community were Robert Banks, Anna Ortiz, Evelyn
Gunn, Hugh Riley, Delores and Oscar Boyd. Joining them from
the Wanderers were Darragh Muldoon, Jan de Ruiter and Dan
Every Thursday, the residents of Maplewood Manor are going
to stretch and then go out for a walk with the Wanderers.
Each workout will be one hour. The program is being organized
with the help and supervision of Maplewood rehabilitation
director Tricia Farkas.
The walks will be primarily at the neighboring properties
of the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and Germantown Friends
School. But two sessions are being planned for the Morris
The walkers are hoping to log eight miles in all in the eight
week program. Volunteers are still needed for one hour each
week to accompany the walkers. For more information, contact
Darragh Muldoon or Dan Gordon.
|Oscar Boyd was simply fantastic. Here he
heads for home with Darragh Muldoon right behind.
|Robert Banks is one of the long distance
walkers for the Maplewood Movers.
Clinic for the Blind Set for October 27th
The guiding program for the blind will begin with a clinic
on Sunday, October 27, at the Chestnut Hill Academy track.
Blind and visually impaired persons are being invited to attend
the clinic which will be run by Walter Ducret, a Wanderers
member and a teacher at the Overbrook School for the Blind.
Helping to organize and conduct the program are medical interns
at Hahneman Hospital.
At the clinic, instruction will be provided in running, jumping
and weight events. After the clinic, visually impaired persons
will be paired with volunteers as guides for ongoing weekly
training sessions. Volunteers are needed to act as guides.
By providing training, it is hoped that the visually impaired
athletes will ultimately compete in local running races. However,
the program is also geared at encouraged walking as a form
of exercise for those who do not wish to run or to compete.
"Because both of these programs require a significant
amount of personal supervision, we need volunteers,"
said Dan Gordon. "However, the scheduling can be extremely
flexible. It could be for as little as one hour a month to
two hours a week."
Walter Ducret established a running club for the visually
impaired in his native Argentina. "We started with just
two runners to begin with, and built up to 70 runners,"
The Wanderers are forming a Philadelphia chapter of the Achilles
Track Club to carry out these two community service. The Achilles
Club was formed about 20 years ago in New York and is the
foremost organization promoting exercise for persons with
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