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Celebrate Mt. Juliet walk planned for Saturday

Laurie Everett • Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

She served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the Army and is currently training to walk in Saturday’s Celebrate Mt. Juliet Walk.

Carolyn Grover, 91, is an active Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center member and volunteer. She takes yoga classes at the center and walks the one-mile lap around the center regularly. 

The third annual walk is sponsored by the senior center and takes place Oct. 26. It starts at the center on North Mt. Juliet Road at 7 a.m. for registration, with opening ceremonies at 7:45 a.m., according to center director Linda McClanahan. She said Channel 5 news anchor VickI Yates is the honorary chair of the event and will join the half-mile mini walk for kids and seniors at 8:30 a.m.

The walk offers distances for everyone with six and three mile opportunities and the half-mile for seniors and children.

“I can do much more than a half mile,” said Grover.

“Ms. Senior Wilson County, Deborah Williams, will sing the National Anthem,” said McClanahan. “The walk will proceed north on Mt. Juliet Road for one and a half miles and circle back for the first three-mile loop.”

Walkers can end there or proceed south for a second three-mile loop.

McClanahan said the annual event began three years ago when Mt. Juliet Road was being widened.

“We wanted to celebrate the progress of the city,” she said. “It’s cool to see the progress, and we are so happy to have the road finished and easy access to the center.”

Sally Murphy designs a commemorative t-shirt each year.

“The first year the t-shirt had orange barrels on it,” said McClanahan. “The second year the t-shirt illustrated the brand new road. This year’s t-shirt shows walkers in bright tennis shoes on the beautiful Mt. Juliet Road.”

Goody bags and t-shirts can be picked up at the center the day before from 8 a.m. to 4 pm.

Along the walk, participants will enjoy several water stations, music, mascots, cheerleaders and “event hoopla,” said McClanahan. The post-event party includes refreshments and a concert by country artist Paul Alan Coons.

The event fee is $25 for the six and three-mile walk and $15 for the half-mile. The t-shirt is included.

“Along with celebrating the progress of our city, we also will celebrate how the community has embraced the seniors and the center,” said McClanahan.

A prize will be presented to the largest walk team and the team that raises the most money. McClanahan said since it is Halloween weekend; a prize will also be given to the walker wearing the most creative costume. 

She said the fundraiser has garnered $5,000 to $6,000 in the past. The center’s other fundraiser, a spaghetti dinner, took place last week and “was bigger than ever.”

Proceeds from Saturday’s walk will benefit the center. Churches, schools, families, businesses, clubs and organizations are encouraged to participate. Call McClanahan at 615-758-9114 for more information.

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