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  • Marching with the mayor

  • Dozens of students and community members joined Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross for the annual “March with the Mayor.”


    “The weather has been up and down since we started doing this,” Ross said of the event. “Last year it was hot, the year before it was cold and today is kind of chilly. But everyone will warm up by the time the walk starts.”

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  • Dozens of students and community members joined Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross for the annual “March with the Mayor.”
    “The weather has been up and down since we started doing this,” Ross said of the event. “Last year it was hot, the year before it was cold and today is kind of chilly. But everyone will warm up by the time the walk starts.”
    “March with the Mayor” gave community members the opportunity to walk for 30 minutes with Ross and other city officials Friday afternoon. Beginning at the Blue Springs City Hall, the group walked through downtown Blue Springs with the help of Clifford the Big Red Dog and KC Wolf, the Kansas City Chiefs mascot.
    The “March with the Mayor” event began in 2009 as a way for Ross to show how easy it is to simply put on a pair of tennis shoes to get moving. That first year, the Blue Springs mayor had two walks and similar events have followed every year since.
    According to the American Heart Association, the easiest way to make a positive change that affects heart health is walking. In addition, statistics show that a walking program has a high success rate of people sticking to it. The goal of “March with a Mayor” is to promote wellness and heart healthy lifestyles as well as to help fight childhood obesity in Blue Springs.
    Community groups who participated in the walk event included the Blue Springs Golden Regiment Drumline, the Junior Air Rotc group from Blue Springs South, StandUp Blue Springs, the Blue Springs YMCA, St. Mary’s Medical Center, the Blue Springs Police Department, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Club 7 Fitness, Blue Springs Downtown Alive! and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. Students from nearby Thomas Ultican Elementary and St. John LaLande Catholic School also joined in and actually walked from their respective schools to city hall.
    “This event is a great way show people how easy it is to put on your tennis shoes and get moving over your lunch hour,” Ross said. “Once we warm up, we will have a nice brisk walk.”
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