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Walk Kansas starts April 3

New Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight is planned in Manhattan.

walking coupleReleased: March 16, 2016

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Teams are forming and registration is open for the 2016 Walk Kansas program, which this year runs April 3 through May 28. It is open to all Kansans across the state.

The K-State Research and Extension program involves teams of six people working toward a common goal – typically to walk at least 150 minutes per person per week either together or individually – which is the equivalent of walking the 423 miles across Kansas over eight weeks. Other options are available for those wanting a greater challenge.

Information and registration is available on the website. Sign up is requested by March 25. Registration is also available at K-State Research and Extension offices across the state.

Don’t have enough friends, colleagues or family members to form a team of six? Kansans can register as an individual and will be added to a team.

There is a small fee for adults, but children and teenagers (through high school age) can participate on teams for free by registering at a local K-State Research and Extension office. In cases where a teacher is registering students, the teacher is not charged.

A separate, new event this year is the Walk Kansas 5K for the Fight to benefit the Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University. Registration is optional and separate for this event, which is set for May 7 in Manhattan. It includes the choice of a 5K run/walk or a 1.5-mile walk.  Register online for the Walk Kansas 5K For The Fight for a reduced price of $22 for the 5K or $20 for the walk if paid before March 25. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate and/or vigorous activity a week, and muscle strengthening activities are recommended at least two days per week, said Sharolyn Jackson, Walk Kansas coordinator. Less than half of Kansas adults meet the minimum recommendations for physical activity, and just 19 percent eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.  


K‑State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well‑being of Kansans.  Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K‑State campus in Manhattan.

Story by:
Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research and Extension

For more information:
Sharolyn Jackson – 785-532-2273 or sharolyn@ksu.edu