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May 27, 2011 > Quest for the 'Golden Sneaker'

Quest for the 'Golden Sneaker'

By William Marshak

Although not featured on Wide World of Sports and lacking worldwide attention of the Olympic Games, a group in Union City is no less motivated or intense in their quest. At stake are bragging rights and the coveted "Golden Sneaker," a testament to ultimate prowess in a "Walk to Wellness" campaign that spans the nation. Residents of Acacia Creek, an independent Masterpiece Living(r) Community located on the campus of the Masonic Home of Union City, combined forces with the Masonic Home to walk, dance, lift weights, swim and participate in a variety of physical activities that convert to "steps" for comparison purposes. Each week throughout the month of May, these "steps" are tallied; the final cumulative number will determine the winner.

Acacia Creek and Masonic Home Lifestyle Coordinator Penny Vittoria spoke with quiet conviction as one of the Walk Challenge teams celebrated a victorious week at a "smoothie" party, a reward for the top "steps" team. Each week, the blender gets busy as members of the team with the most steps that week gather to honor their efforts. These are serious competitors who know that the current champions located in Boston will not relinquish the gilded sneaker easily. Vittoria estimates that last year's winner accumulated 47 million steps! But they are determined... "They have it and we want it."

To help boost the total steps for local participants, Acacia Creek hosted "Senior Games" May 19 during which residents were challenged to add to steps through a variety of games and activities including carnival games, horseshoes, wii bowling, bean bag baseball and a 25 foot climbing wall! Not for the faint of heart, the climbing wall attracted a hardy group of men and women who scaled these heights with an image of a golden sneaker finding its rightful place on a mantle of Acacia Creek.

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