Starke County Residents Urged to Take “Another Step Forward”


Last year Starke County residents logged enough miles from Memorial Day to Labor Day to lap the globe three times as part of the Moving Starke County Forward Walking Challenge. This year they are encouraged to take “Another Step Forward.” Ryan Greer is heading up this year’s effort and has set a goal of walking a collective 50,000 miles as a county during the same time period. Last year’s original goal was 3,000 collective miles, which is the equivalent of a trek from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge. That goal was quickly met and exceeded nine times over, with 27,000 total miles walked. Last year 250 people signed up. This year they’re hoping for 500 participants. Greer says the miles don’t have to be accumulated by walking. Other types of physical activity like swimming, bicycle riding and jogging can also be turned in.
The Another Step Forward campaign will officially kick off on Saturday, May 31 at Wythogen Park in downtown Knox and continue through Labor Day. Details are still being finalized. Greer says you can still participate even if you can’t make it to the big event. Registration sheets will be available at local libraries, city and town halls throughout the summer. You can also sign up by emailing More information about this year’s walking challenge and other initiatives is also available on the Moving Starke County Forward Facebook page.