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Mercury Mile returns for another season of walking Wednesdays

Area business people and Pottstown residents met up at Smith Family Plaza in front of Pottstown Borough Hall to participate in The Mercury Mile a Fit for Life event. Walkers took a stroll on the sidewalks along High Street in the downtown business district Thursday May 29, 2014. Photo by John Strickler The Mercury

Area business people and Pottstown residents met up at Smith Family Plaza in front of Pottstown Borough Hall to participate in The Mercury Mile, a Fit for Life event. Walkers took a stroll on the sidewalks along High Street in the downtown business district Thursday May 29, 2014. Photo by John Strickler The Mercury

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

POTTSTOWN >> Temperatures have warmed up in the area just in time for the return of the Mercury Mile lunchtime walk.

Get out of the house or the office for a little this week and come join a short, relaxing mile-long walk in the borough. Don’t let the great weather go to waste. The Mercury Mile began in 2014 as a way to promote walking as a free exercise. It has expanded to include more than walking such as yoga and bicycle rides. Every year, the community activity takes a hiatus during the cold months then returns in the spring. Everyone’s invited to the kickoff walk noon Wednesday at the Smith Family Plaza. The plaza is located at 100 E. High St., next to the fountain near Borough Hall. Friends, family, coworkers and even pets are invited to join. The walk usually takes about 20 minutes and is a great way to get some fresh air while doing a light exercise at the same time.

KEVIN HOFFMAN - THE MERCURY Participants in the Mercury Mile walk across the intersection at High and Hanover Streets.

KEVIN HOFFMAN – THE MERCURY
Participants in the Mercury Mile walk across the intersection at High and Hanover Streets.

Like last year, Mercury Mile participants will also have an opportunity to do some business networking and learn about different organizations in the area. The walk’s location changes every week and different businesses will host The Mercury Mile throughout the season. Businesses and organizations that host the mile will invite employees to join then use the time as opportunity to inform the community about their company. Organizations that host the mile will be featured through photographs in the newspaper and online for the “Businesses in Motion” section.

Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and contact information to each walk. People can use the community walks as an opportunity to come together and create new partnerships. It will be a time where upcoming events, future goals and more can be discussed. Organizations interested in hosting a Mercury Mile walk should email Michilea Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com or call 610-850-0282 to schedule a time.

There are a couple new twists to this year’s Mercury Mile. Since not everyone can make it out on their lunch break, there will be a few evening walks. People that can’t join noon Wednesdays should be on the lookout for those additional times. For the past two years, the walk has been primarily in the Pottstown but this season the walk will travel more to areas outside the borough.

To find each week’s location, visit the Fit for Life website and like the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Mercfit4life. Walkers can also be added to the Mercury Mile email list by contacting Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com. Send your name from the email you would like to use and each week’s mile location will be sent to you.

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