Why We’re Here
Walkabout’s intention is for all to have a positive, safe experience while enjoying a walk. Our walks provide an opportunity for exercise and social connections where you can talk to different people as you walk along, or just have the company of other walkers if you prefer not to talk. Let’s take a moment to review some of the guidelines/responsibilities for Walk Leaders and Walkers.
Walk Leaders Guidelines
It is expected that the Walk Leader will adhere to all guidelines. Prior to beginning the walk, state the pace, distance, duration of the walk, and offer safety reminders. When appropriate for your walk, designate someone to be the caboose. The caboose stays at the end of the group, walking at the designated pace. The caboose is not meant to slow pace to match those who cannot maintain the designated pace, but to direct them back to the starting point or to a meeting place and to notify the walk leader of the dropouts. Cross at intersections and regroup on the other side if everyone isn’t able to cross at the same time. Walk Leaders should periodically regroup as appropriate and take a count of Walkers which should match the count at the beginning of the walk.
As a walker it is important to be aware of the pace, distance, duration, and the terrain before the walk starts. If it’s not stated, ask the walk leader. If you think you cannot keep up with the pace, there are options. You can choose to not come on the walk and plan to go on a shorter, slower walk. You can form a plan for a reduced walk on a route you know before the walk begins. Inform the Walk Leader of your plan and if and where you intend to meet the group.
Some of us are slowing down and don’t move as fast as we once did. It is expected that the Walker will keep up with the pace set for the walk. The group will not adjust the pace to meet the needs of those who are unable to keep pace. If you are uncertain as to your pace capability, you have some options. You can go on a walk that is set at a pace slower than what you think you can do. See “Pace Yourself” in the newsletter for a listing of the various speed ranges. You can practice walking on your own for one hour to determine your pace. If there isn’t a walk that suits your needs, contact the office to find out how to create a walk that you can lead for yourself.