For all those equipped with the latest in footwear, GPS units and smartphone apps to track their progress — along with slavish dedication to improving their times at The Daily News Boogie — there is a large contingent who don’t care about all that.
Sheila Smith will be out Sunday with friends, chatting, catching up acquaintances and just getting outside. She’s among the brigade of walkers and is in no particular hurry.
“I’ve always walked,” said Smith. “This is my third year of Boogie. It’s just the atmosphere. People are laughing and having fun. You see people you haven’t seen in a long time.”
Earlier this month, Smith walked in the Vancouver Sun Run with daughter Katrina Cavaliere along with other mother-daughter pairs.
“We were there just for fun. They had lots of water and feed stations and you can stop and take pictures.”
While Smith would love to be walking on Boogie day with Katrina, her daughter is moving a lot faster as one of the key organizers of the event.
Walkers are the third group out of the gate on Boogie day, starting after the 10K and 5K runners. Walkers don’t participate in the 21K side due to time constraints.
Cavaliere said organizers are targeting getting everyone off the course by 11 a.m. or so. The only other demand is that they enjoy themselves.
“The pace is whatever walk you can do. It’s all about fun.”
There are no typical participants on the walking side. Some move fast, some slow, some with Nordic poles and others pushing strollers.
“It’s quite a variety,” Cavaliere said. “On our corporate team (River City Realty) this year we have more walkers than we normally do: it ranges from 25 up to my mom in her 70s.”
Cavaliere said the walk is also ideal for young families to get outside together in an atmosphere of fun and entertainment.