October 31st wrapped up the first year of the Crown Hill Walking Club. We are proud to announce our Walker with the Most Miles for 2013! With 160 miles, Sandy Fillenwarth of Indianapolis, had a total of 160 miles! Congratulations, Sandy! Not only does she hold the title of Walker with the Most Miles but she is the winner of a $200.00 cash prize. Sandy also shared with us what kept her motivated to reach her walking goal and what she enjoyed most about walking at Crown Hill.
Why did you decide to join the Crown Hill Walking Club?
Sandy: “I was looking up tours and events on the Crown Hill website and noticed the information about the walking club. It was perfect timing for me because I love to walk and I definitely needed some kind of motivation to get started again – nothing like getting a prize for every 25 miles walked to motivate this old lady – and then a cash prize for the walker with the most miles was just icing on the cake.”
What did you most enjoy about walking at Crown Hill?
Sandy: “I have thoroughly enjoyed walking here and I am forever grateful to Crown Hill for starting up the walking club. It’s motivated me to start walking again and now I can’t stop. Fall is probably my favorite season to walk because of all the gorgeous trees at Crown Hill, but every season definitely has its perk. My walks at Crown Hill almost always include a jaunt up to the top. I just love the view up there. They cityscape at dusk is absolutely stunning. Well, actually, it is stunning any time of the day and any kind of weather. My heart always smiles when I see a deer or two. Watching one of these graceful animals leap over a tombstone is just poetry in motion.”
Your goal was to walk 150 miles in honor of Crown Hill’s Anniversary…and you walked 160!! Did you surprise yourself with this?
Sandy: “In honor of Crown Hill’s Sesquicentennial anniversary, I thought I would try to walk 150 miles during the Walking Club period and I did. It was really easy because walking on the beautiful grounds of Crown Hill gives me time to mediate and pray and enjoy the wonderful blessings of nature. It is just so peaceful and serene here at Crown Hill, no matter what time of year.”
Will you participate in the Crown Hill Walking Club again next year?
Sandy: “If Crown has the Walking Club again next year, I will be the first person to sign up. It has been a wonderful experience.”
What advice would you give others who want to be more active?
Sandy: “If anyone wants to be more active, I would tell them to find something they enjoy doing because they will more likely stick with it if they are enjoying it. I personally enjoy walking. Something as simple as brisk walking can help you live a healthier and happier life. It can help control your weight, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health and mood and increase your chances of living longer. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Walking is the best possible exercise.”
Great job, Sandy! For others interested in joining the Crown Hill Walking Club next year, make sure to check out our upcoming events page for more information.