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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Signs of spring, walkers return to Nipper Park

  • Among the people who were eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring on Thursday, March 20, were those who regularly walk in Nipper Park on the Hannibal riverfront.
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  • Among the people who were eagerly anticipating the arrival of spring on Thursday, March 20, were those who regularly walk in Nipper Park on the Hannibal riverfront.
    On Saturday, March 15, with the temperature reaching 64 degrees, several walkers returned to Nipper Park.
    Jody Pryor and her daughter, Stacey Pryor, were walking laps around the park for the first time since last year.
    Jody planned to walk a half mile, which is three laps, and work up to a mile later, explaining all she had been doing this winter was sitting “in front of the TV.”
    Stacey, however, has been more active, Jody said, “chasing after her child,” Jersi.
    Some of the walkers had been continuing all winter, just not in Nipper Park. Doug and Jan Gregonis also were there for the first time this year, although he regularly walks outdoors elsewhere.
    One of Doug’s routes is at Hannibal Regional Hospital, where, he said, the sidewalks are kept clear.
    He walks two miles a day and especially likes to walk in Riverview Park.
    Jan has continued to walk in winter but chooses to get her exercise indoors at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. She walks one and a half to two miles a day.
    Doug recommended walking for exercise, adding “no matter how much you walk, it’s better than sitting around.”
    One walker was in Nipper Park Saturday so he would not miss a day of exercise, although he lives in Marceline, Mo. The Rev. Brian Baker, pastor of First Baptist Church in Marceline, was visiting Hannibal for a few days. I go all winter and couldn’t get out of the habit,” he said.
    Baker, who may be remembered as a temporary Courier-Post sports writer about 12 years ago when he was in college, advised people to walk. “I just think it’s good for the whole person to be outside,” he said.
    “It not only gives a chance to stretch your legs but also to clear your mind,” Baker continued. “On top of that, we live in a world that is so structured. Walking doesn’t require you to pay anything or be in a particular place. … You’re just doing what you were created to do.”
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