Walking with a historic twist

First Posted: 5/21/2008

LIMA - Jill Ludwig normally walks during her lunch break, but on Wednesday, she and a few co-workers took a different route.

Instead of walking west on Market Street, they headed through the streets of downtown Lima, checking out the historic landmarks on the way.

"We like to walk anyway," said Ludwig, saying they do it to be healthy. "This is something interesting, to learn about the history of Lima."

Ludwig was among about 60 people who took part in Lima's Healthy Ohio Fitness Walk, meeting downtown and walking either a mile or a half-mile. On the way, walkers stopped at various landmarks, including the Allen County Court House, the Stippich Building and the former Faurot Opera House. Guides were on hand to talk about the landmarks.

"I'll get some history on Lima, some of which I'm sure I'll remember," Rita Andrews said at the beginning of the walk. She's participated in other walks as well. She was interested in seeing some of the older buildings she remembers from growing up in Lima.

Walks were held around the state, including in Bluffton, Delphos and Spencerville. In its fourth year, the walk is in conjunction with National Employee Health and Fitness Week and Healthy Ohio. Locally, the walk was sponsored by the Allen County Heart Health Coalition.

The goal of the day was to promote walking and to show people that it's possible to fit it in during the day. Monica Harnish, of the Allen County Health Department, said just two out of five Ohioans get the exercise they need.

"And walking is a great way to do it," she said, adding that walking helps prevent diabetes and other diseases, as well as helping people feel better overall.

A group of Lima North Middle School pupils was at the walk as a reward for having fewer than five detentions this year. Sixth-grader Kristen Nuckles said she hadn't been in any of the buildings before.

"We want to see Lima," she said. "I just want to see them all."

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