5 Ways to Start Your Own Walking Group
Want to walk with friends? Follow these five steps to start and establish your own walking group.
1. Determine What Makes Your Group Unique
What makes your walking group different from others out there? Are you trying to start a lunch walking group with people at your workplace or open it up to the general public? Will you target a specific audience, such as new moms or people who want to get fit?
Determine your group’s identity so that people know right away what kind of walking group it is and whether it will work for them. This will also give you a framework for structuring your group.
2. Set Up the Logistics
How often and where will you meet? How will you stay in touch with your members? If your walking group is limited to coworkers, an office email blast may suffice, but groups open to the public will benefit from an internet presence.
Importantly, where will you walk? Maybe you will stroll along Arlington’s 50+ miles of paved trails, such as the Custis Trail or Four Mile Run Trail. Or maybe you will explore our urban corridors such as Clarendon or Crystal City.
3. Recruit Members
The easiest recruitment is to ask people you already know—friends, coworkers, and family. You can spread the word online by creating a Facebook page or Meetup.com group. Traditional flyers at coffee shops, fitness centers, community centers, and churches may also help with recruiting.
4. Host Your First Walk
Don’t forget to introduce yourself as the walk leader, set expectations, and review basic safety tips. Then celebrate a great walk!
5. Walk More, Explore More
Consider taking different routes as you develop your walking group and add members. Arlington is filled with walkable, vibrant neighborhoods, historic sites, and unique features you may want to highlight on your walks. WalkArlington has created downloadable, self-guided walking tours, which you can use to choose where you walk.