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New Years Bridge Walk celebrates 10 years

Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 22:55:39-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Dozens of people decided to kick start their New Year's by kicking up their heels on the Harbor Bridge this morning.

Starting and ending at Heritage Park, the group walked a total of 3.42 miles. Many who joined the event today said it was a way to begin fulfilling New Year's resolutions to exercise more.

"I wanted to see how hard it is to get up and down the bridge. I want to say I did something on the first of the year," said first time bridge walker, Tannis Pettis.

The walk typically takes place every first Sunday of the Month after the Artwalk but the New Years bridgewalk commemorates the first anniversary of the bridgewalk. Alan Albin says he invited family members to stroll in 2010.

"The tradition of the bridgewalk started with a New Year's day walk and so we've continued that," said Alan Albin.

He says after he posted what the family was planning and eventually the group grew to 35 people. The buzz about the walk caught the attention of then--mayor Joe Adame who asked Albin to organize a city event in 2011. Since then, close to 30,000 people have participated in the bridge walks.

"I'm constantly amazed at how delighted people are that we run this event they would never have thought of walking the bridge before and now they do and come back again," said Albin.

The event is free and anyone who makes the trek five times, gets a free t-shirt and most importantly, something to feel good about.

"This is actually really awesome here um doing the bridgewalk it's healthy its fun you get out meet new people," said Amy Ruger.

The next bridge walk is sheduled for February 9th, come rain or shine.

You can find out more about the bridge walk by going to the Marina Arts District website at https://marinaarts.com/signature-events/bridge-walk/