1st September 2008, 11:45 WST - It’s been barely 24 hours since yesterday’s City to Surf but today more than 100,000 people in Perth will attempt the world record for the most number of people walking simultaneously for at least 1 km. From noon, West Australians are expected to start walking from Kings Park, the Supreme Court Gardens, South Fremantle, the south west, the city, local shires and towns as part of The Giant Walk.
There’s still time to encourage your workplace to organise a promotion for Walk To Work Day, 3 October - see website for ideas www.walk.com.au
The Premier’s Physical Activity Taskforce’s Graeme Webb said the routes were at least three times the size of yesterday’s City to Surf, making The Giant Walk the largest community physical activity event the State has seen. “The walk aims to capture the attention of Australia in a ‘giant’ way to promote physical activity as a means to help raise awareness to reverse that trend,” said Mr Webb.
To break the record, Australia needs more than 231,635 people to walk at the same time today at any organised venue throughout Australia. In WA, local governments, workplaces, aged care facilities and even prisons have embraced the challenge and after the event, walk organisers at the 900 plus registered sites will record participant numbers. After that organisers will wait for official authorisation from the Guinness World Records.