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Links, Inc. want to get people moving

The Selma chapter of The Links, Inc. hopes to get Selma moving this Saturday.

The chapter is sponsoring its 22nd annual Walk-A-Thon to encourage healthy living, exercise, and nutrition at Memorial Stadium.

Selma Mayor Darrio Melton will be the grand marshal for the event. Marching bands from local high schools will also perform as well as cheerleaders.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., while the walk begins at 9 a.m. Participants can walk for a long or as little as they like.

Registration is $5 for students and $10 for adults.

There is a group rate of $50 for groups of five to 10 people. The Links are encouraging organizations, churches, and other groups to come out.

This year’s theme is “Step by Step … Healthy, Energetic, Active Communities.”

The walk-a-thon is a national initiative put on by Links chapters across the country.

“The Selma chapter has embraced it because it’s something that is much needed in this area when looking at our health statistics,” said Links president Charlotte Griffeth. “We also like to do it because it not only promotes good healthy living but we also make the proceeds from this each year go to the BOSCO soup kitchen.”

In addition to the walk, there will be information provided from various health-related businesses.

“We are looking for a grand crowd this year,” Griffith said. “No. 1, we have several civic organizations and churches that have already signed up. The bands are coming, the cheerleaders are coming, and we have a lot of support this year. We hope to see everyone out.”