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June 6, 2012
This Saturday's Regence Grand Floral Walk is an anniversary celebration for Regence employee Elizabeth Harrop and husband Steve. It marks a one-year wellness journey for the couple with a combined 120 pound loss, starting after they both completed last year's Walk and were inspired to begin regular walking plus a change of eating habits. "Kudos to Elizabeth and Steve," said Don Antonucci (Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon president). "They really embody what the Regence Grand Floral Walk is all about: Encouraging the community and supporting each other as we try to live a healthy and active lifestyle."
Be there this Saturday, June 9 for the Grand Floral Walk -- Portland's own fitness parade -- which follows the 2012 Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade route, and leads walkers past nearly half a million fans. Walkers can do a two-mile walk or go all the way to the finish line, dressed in their favorite floral finery!
"The great thing about the Regence Grand Floral Walk is it showcases that health and fitness are accessible to the everyday person who may not be able to hit the gym routinely," says Jeff Curtis (Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Rose Festival). "We call it Portland's Fitness Parade because it's a family fun event that people of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy together."
Highlights of the Walk include the Hillsboro High School marching band, KPTV's Joe Vithayathil (and family), Portland Trailblazer Nolan Smith (and sister), former OSU Beaver and current Seattle Seahawk Pro-bowl Cornerback Brandon Browner and Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. Proceeds from the walk support two local nonprofits: The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families and The Portland Rose Festival Foundation.
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