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WalkAmerica coming to Lampe Park

Staff reports

Music, food and fun will part of the annual Carson Valley WalkAmerica walk-a-thon for the March of Dimes April 26.

The walk-a-thon will be held at Lampe Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. with registration and the walk beginning at 8:30.

“What’s different this year,” said Pam Jenkins, one of the coordinators, “is the county donated the use of the pavilion and the walk will begin from there.”

Registration will take place at the pavilion and Michelle Wayne of the Forever Young band will sing the official March of Dimes walk-a-thon song.

Later, food will be served and the band Fair Warning will play. Terri Krout will perform as a clown and do face painting.

Awards will be given out after the walk by Miss Douglas County, Jenee Conway.

Most walkers are taking part in the event in teams of five or more people. Many teams are sponsored by Valley businesses.

Individuals are also welcome to walk in the walk-a-thon, and they may just show up on Saturday at 7:30 to register, Jenkins said.

Participants ask friends and family to pledge money for each mile walked.

Teams are asked to collect their pledges a few days before the event and turn it in at the “turn-in” party at Norwest Bank.

The money raised will be used for the March of Dimes campaign for healthier babies.

Rest stops are provided along the route, sponsored by GTE, Gardnerville-Carson Valley Kiwanis, Rafter D Llamas and the Carson Valley chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons.

The Valley Cruisers Car Club and Teens With a Future will help out during the event. Douglas County Search and Rescue will patrol the route, which leads walkers out of Lampe Park by the Senior Citizens Center to Sharkey’s, down Highway 395 to Buckeye Road in Minden, then returns to Lampe via Orchard Road and Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.

To sign up or to help with this year’s WalkAmerica in Carson Valley, call Lynn Driscoll at 883-1617 or Jenkins, 782-6288.

The national walk-a-thon has been raising funds for March of Dimes programs for 27 years.